Participants break into groups during the Understanding Race, Ethnicity, and Implicit Bias training. Photo Credit: Sarah Silva

NMCF partnered with the Highlands University Center for Advocacy, Resources, Education and Support (HU-CARES) to host a day-long training entitled, “Understanding Race, Ethnicity, and Implicit Bias” on Thursday, May 4th on the University campus.

Facilitated by Sarah Silva, Founder and Director of Comunidades en Acción y de Fé (NM Café) and a PICO National Network Staff Trainer, the training explored the many ‘isms’ that are part of socialization, media, culture, institutions, and communities.

Participants included Highlands students, faculty, nonprofit organizations, and NMCF community partners.  “Our unconscious biases can have unintentional negative impacts and it is vital that we recognize and address them”, stated a participant of the training.  Another participant indicated after the training, “One of my biases that I have carried since 9/11 changed today and I made a friend”.

NMCF plans to host more implicit bias trainings in the future for a wide variety of our community partners.