The national conversation has been turning to implicit bias with increasing focus. But what does that mean? Mendoza-Denton will make the picture clearer by reviewing the concept of implicit bias, contrasting it with explicit bias and prejudice, and sharing several decades of research supporting the concept. He will discuss the implications of bias for everyday interactions, for society, and for our educational system.
Rodolfo Mendoza-Denton is professor of psychology at the University of California, Berkeley, where he is currently Richard and Rhoda Goldman Distinguished Professor in the Division of Social Sciences. He also serves as associate executive dean for Diversity and Inclusion in the College of Letters and Science. Childhood experiences living in Mexico, the U.S., Ivory Coast, and Thailand cemented an early interest in cultural differences and intergroup relations. He received his B.A. from Yale University and his Ph.D. from Columbia University. Mendoza-Denton’s professional work covers stereotyping and prejudice from the perspective of both target and perceiver, intergroup relations, and how these processes influence educational outcomes. He received the UC Berkeley Chancellor’s Award for Advancing Institutional Excellence in 2015 and the university-wide Distinguished Teaching Award in 2018.