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The Internalization of Racial Bias – What Happens in the Workplace

  • Borden Ladner Gervais LLP (BLG) Bay Adelaide Centre, East Tower 22 Adelaide Street West, 34th Floor, Room 304/305 Toronto, ON Canada (map)

We know that racial bias permeates workplaces and serves as a barrier to the career advancement of those who are Black, Indigenous and people of colour (BIPOC). While organizations work to interrupt these barriers, there is a lingering elephant in the room that needs to be acknowledged: BIPOC professionals internalize racial bias, which then has a profoundly negative impact on their mental and physical health, empowerment, confidence, and performance.

Racial bias ultimately lives in the minds and bodies of BIPOC professionals as trauma, which impacts their career development.

As a BIPOC professional, what do you need to know about how racial bias harms your mind and body, and therefore your career advancement, and what can you do about this?

As a leader who wants to serve as an ally, what do you need to know about the harmful impact of racial bias on the minds and bodies of BIPOC professionals, and what can you do about this?

In this thought-provoking and cutting-edge Breaking Barriers session, Ritu will share what she has gleaned through her work and training in racial trauma and internalized bias. In particular, she will discuss:

  • What the internalization of racial bias is and how it shows up

  • How racial bias and trauma are linked and the adverse impact of racial bias on the minds and bodies of BIPOC professionals

  • Practical strategies for how to interrupt the internalization of racial bias so that you can thrive both personally and professionally as a BIPOC professional

  • Practical strategies for leaders on how to acknowledge and interrupt the internalization of racial bias and offer support in an inclusive way in your role as an ally

Who Should Attend

This session is open to anyone who is interested in learning more about the internalization of racial bias and its impact in the workplace. In particular, bci would like to invite:

  • BIPOC professionals, as this workshop will offer you targeted strategies

  • Leaders in a position to support BIPOC professionals by interrupting the internalization of racial bias, a critical part of your role as an ally. In attending, we request that you bring a BIPOC mentee with you