EDUCATION

The seventh annual
Disability and Change Symposium

Combating Implicit Bias: Employment

Wednesday, March 25, 2020, 10 AM - 3 PM
Temple University Howard Gittis Student Center - Room 200, Philadelphia, PA 19122
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Keynote Speaker

black and white photo of Koert Wehberg Koert Wehberg, Esq.
Executive Director, Mayor's Commission on People with Disabilities,
Office of Mayor James F. Kenney


Registration - event is free, but registration is strongly recommended


About this year's theme

Employment statistics for persons with disabilities continue to be disappointing, ~19% compared to ~66% of peers without disabilities. (US Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2018). We ask ourselves, "is there something beyond overt discrimination and access that perhaps we need to address? Are there silent barriers such as those created by implicit bias?"

"Most of us believe that we are fair and equitable, and evaluate others based on objective facts. However, all of us, even the most egalitarian, have implicit biases – triggered automatically, in about a tenth of a second, without our conscious awareness or intention, and cause us to have attitudes about and preferences for people based on characteristics such as age, gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability, and religion. These implicit biases often do not reflect or align with our conscious, declared beliefs." (American Bar Association, Commission on Disability Rights, "Implicit Bias Guide," 2019)

This year's theme challenges us to each ask ourselves "What implicit bias(es) do we have and encounter, and how do we recognize them and move beyond them to create opportunities, welcome, and full participation for all?"

As always, this Symposium privileges first-person voices and experiences.

About the Disability and Change Symposium

The stated goal of the annual Symposium is "to create conversation that transcends any one-dimensional depiction of people with disabilities, and foregrounds the multidimensional lives of our speakers - as writers, educators, performers, and advocates."

The Disability and Change Symposium is a one-day, interdisciplinary conference focusing on cultural equity and disability. The event is free, accessible and open to the public.

Know Before You Go!

Please visit the Know Before You Go page for maps and directions, transit and parking information, accessibility and accommodations, seating information, lunch options, and downloadable program and handouts.


Agenda Highlights

  • 10:00 a.m. Keynote Speaker
    Koert Wehberg, Esq., Executive Director, Mayor's Commission on People with Disabilities, Office of Mayor James F. Kenney
  • 11:00 a.m. Student Panel Discussion
    The student panel will discuss their hopes for and experience with employment.
  • 12:00 p.m. LUNCH (on your own)
  • 1:00 p.m. Fieldwork and Employment Panel
    This panel will discuss the journey to employment including fieldwork and internships.
  • 2:00 p.m. Implicit Bias Film and Panel
    There will be a screening of the short film, "The Interviewer" (captioned/described), followed by a panel on implicit bias and implications to the employment of persons with disabilities.

Statement on Universal Design and Accessibility

The Institute on Disabilities and the Interdisciplinary Faculty Council on Disability welcome all participants to the Disability and Change Symposium. As the audience and panels include people with varied learning styles, aptitudes, and needs, the symposium includes: a downloadable program PDF, networking tables at lunch-time, sensory-friendly seating, CART transcription services and Sign Language translation. The accessible Symposium location meets ADA guidelines.

Acknowledgments

Organized by the Institute on Disabilities at Temple University, the Symposium is an outcome of collaboration with the Interdisciplinary Faculty Council on Disability whose mission is "to foster collaboration across Temple University on disability-related projects including research, teaching, programming, publication, and grant-seeking. By connecting with one another, Council members help build community among the growing number of people at Temple whose work engages with disability."

Core funding for the Disability and Change Symposium is through a grant from the Center for the Humanities at Temple University (CHAT)

We extend our appreciation to Disability Resources and Services for providing Communication Access Realtime Translation (CART) and American Sign Language services for the day.

The Institute on Disabilities, Temple University College of Education is pleased to recognize some of our #DisChange20 Symposium Partners/Sponsors from Temple University:

This year we also want to recognize the contributions of students (Assistant Professor Deb Blair, STHM 2114 - Leisure & Tourism in a Diverse Society), who contributed to shaping and supporting this Symposium:

  • Madeline Culbert, School of Sport, Tourism, and Hospitality Management; Bachelor of Science: Tourism and Hospitality Management (est. 08/2021)
  • Jair Guardia, School of Sport, Tourism, and Hospitality Management, Bachelor of Science: Tourism and Hospitality Management. (est. 08/2021)
  • Hallie Ingrim, School of Sport, Tourism, and Hospitality Management Bachelor of Science: Tourism and Hospitality Management
  • Thomas Leoanrd, School of Sport, Tourism, and Hospitality Management Bachelor of Science: Tourism and Hospitality Management (est. 08/2021)
  • Bryan McCurdy, School of Sport, Tourism and Hospitality Management, Bachelor of Science: Tourism and Hospitality Management (est. 05/2022)

For more information

Contact us at iod@temple.edu.