CERF 2021 Workshop

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Addressing Implicit Bias to Promote Equity in CERF Science Disciplines 


Monday, 8 November 2021*

2:30 PM – 4:30 PM  ET
11:30 AM – 1:30 PM PT  


4:30 PM – 6:30 PM ET
1:30 PM – 3:30 PM PT

This workshop is being offered at no additional cost.
*To maximize, attendance, we are offering this workshop at two separate times. 

  This workshop is SOLD OUT.  

If you would like to be added to the waitlist, please email the CERF Office at [email protected]. Please include your name, email, and the title of this workshop.

About This Workshop

Implicit, or unconscious, biases can lead to unfair prejudices against or favor for individuals or groups, setting up constructs of exclusion rather than inclusion. Understanding underlying biases and challenging them is a critical step in moving beyond the barriers to diversity and inclusion in CERF and the coastal and marine science disciplines. This workshop will continue to deepen conversations throughout CERF on diversity issues, by providing tools and strategies to assess, address, and overcome implicit bias. The workshop goal is to empower individuals to build a culture and climate of inclusion at their home institution or other professional settings.

 About the Presenters

Charm Bullard
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Charm Bullard is Director of Programs at the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities (VCIC), an organization that works with schools, businesses, and communities to achieve success through inclusion. In her role, she designs and facilitates educational programs on diversity and inclusion for middle schools, high schools, colleges, workplaces, and community groups. Charm particularly specializes in VCIC’s higher education, workplace, and community programming.
Since joining the VCIC team in 2016, Charm has had the opportunity to conduct over 300 workshops across the Commonwealth of Virginia. She is particularly known for her warmth and humor as a facilitator. Prior to joining VCIC, Charm spent 11 years working in various student affairs roles on collegiate campuses throughout the Southeast. It was during that time that she found her passion for encouraging and supporting diversity and inclusion. One accomplishment she is particularly proud of is founding the Connecting Women of Color Conference at the University of Richmond, which was featured in Women in Higher Education and Essence magazines.
Charm received her Bachelor’s degree in English from Lander University and her Master’s degree in Education with an emphasis on College Student Affairs Administration from the University of Georgia.

Emma Yackso
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Emma Yackso is Outreach Programs Coordinator at the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities (VCIC), an organization that works with schools, businesses, and communities to achieve success through inclusion. In her role, she designs, coordinates, delivers, and evaluates diversity, equity, and inclusion programs for non-profit organizations, community groups, and government agencies across the Commonwealth.

Emma comes to VCIC with a strong background in justice-oriented work, including a decade of experience in LGBTQ+ advocacy and support, community organizing, and southern-focused racial equity work. Most recently the Director of Programs at Side by Side, Emma is a clinical social worker who has worked in communities in Washington, D.C., New Orleans, LA, and Richmond and Charlottesville, VA. She is passionate about fostering spaces for authentic conversations that are genuinely led by and empower folks in and of their communities. She has worked with folks to build their voices around LGBTQ+ (specifically trans/gender non-conforming) equity and inclusion, community policing, non-profit equity, and more.

Emma received her Masters of Social Work from Virginia Commonwealth University, and she is a licensed clinical social worker in the state of Virginia. She earned her undergraduate degree from George Washington University.