Many of us are familiar with the metaphor comparing culture to an iceberg. We know that we need to look below the surface beyond what we can visually see to learn more about any other person’s beliefs, values, norms, and behaviors. To be truly effective in our work, we must examine our biases and assumptions about our colleagues, constituents, and clients. We must also examine the cultural norms of our workspaces to uncover barriers to equity and belonging. In this workshop, we will unpack the layers of the cultural iceberg to gain a deeper understanding of how culture shows up in our workplace and organization, identify how implicit bias affects how we understand and support different cultural identities, and examine how our cultural norms are often based in whiteness and patriarchy.
Speaker: Rebecca Slaby
Rebecca Slaby, Executive Director of AMAZEworks, leads AMAZEworks in working with schools, communities, and organizations to create equity and belonging for children and adults. She has provided dozens of workshops and trainings on Anti-Bias Education with a focus on cultural responsiveness, bias, identity and stereotype threat, microaggressions, and other DEI topics and has co-authored two AMAZEworks curriculums. With a MEd from DePaul University, she has 15 years of experience teaching middle school humanities/social studies and has worked with schools on issues of equity, inclusion, and justice on institutional, state, and regional levels. She has been a racial justice facilitator for the YWCA Minneapolis and is a trained cultural competency facilitator for the Professional Educators Licensing and Standards Board for the state of Minnesota. She has presented at the Overcoming Racism, Minnesota Council of Nonprofits, Forum on Workplace Inclusion, and local, regional, and national education conferences. She holds a certificate of Executive Leadership from the University of St. Thomas and teaches courses on equity-based pedagogy at the University of Minnesota.