Conference on the Science of Unconscious Racism

September 24, 2015

On Friday, October 9 from 10 am – 2 pm Northwestern Law's Office of Diversity Education and Outreach along with the Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights will host a conference on implicit bias, the science of unconscious racism in Lincoln Hall. Among the subjects the conference will cover are implicit bias in police practices, employment, and education.

Northwestern Law Professor Destiny Peery will be one of the featured speakers, along with police veteran Tracie Keesee, co-founder and director of Research Partnerships at the Center for Policing Equity; Seton Hall Law School Professor Rachel Godsil, co-founder and director of research for the Perception Institute; and Jadine Chou, chief safety and security officer for Chicago Public Schools.

"As the events of last year revealed, America continues to struggle with race and the role it plays in everyday decision-making.  This timely conference aims to continue the dialogue begun last year by exploring the science of unconscious racism and how the phenomenon impacts those working in the fields of law enforcement, employment, and education," said Shannon P. Bartlett, Northwestern Law’s Director of Diversity Education & Outreach and one of the event organizers.

This program has been approved for a total of 3.0 professional responsibility CLE credits in the state of Illinois, and is being held in conjunction with the Chicago Urban League and the 7th Circuit Bar Association. Learn more by contacting Shannon Bartlett, director of diversity education and outreach at

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