Return to Events

SADO/MAACS - Understanding Implicit Bias


Time: October 23, 2020 - 3-5pm
Location: Zoom

In this session, participants will learn about conclusions the brain makes without our awareness. These unconscious judgments influence us every day. By understanding our own bias we can begin to understand how to de-bias the systems in our program. In doing so, we can better understand how to present our client’s stories in a manner that will check the institutional bias in our advocacy
targets.

Faculty: Anna M. Moss is the Supervising Attorney in the Battle Creek office of Legal Services of South Central Michigan, which is part of the Michigan Advocacy Program. In addition to her management duties, she handles housing cases (evictions, land contract forfeitures, and mortgage foreclosures). This is Ms. Moss’s seventh year with Legal Services. Previously, she was a research attorney for the Michigan Court of Appeals. Before attending law school, she taught writing and literature at Western Michigan University and earned her MFA in creative writing. In 2017, Ms. Moss was selected to participate in the 2017 Racial Justice Institute (RJI) through the Shriver Center on Poverty Law. RJI is a leadership program that equips and coordinates anti-poverty advocates to affirmatively advance racial equity. After participating in RJI, Ms. Moss along with the Michigan 2017 RJI cohort formed the Michigan Racial Justice Collaborative (RJC). RJC was formed to provide training around race equity issues.

Faculty: Lorray S. C. Brown is the co-executive director of Michigan Statewide Advocacy Services (MSAS), a statewide advocacy program that provides services to Michigan’s low-income residents, Michigan's immigrant communities, and seniors. Ms. Brown has also been the managing attorney and the statewide consumer law specialist for the Michigan Poverty Law Program (MPLP) since 2001. She has also directed the Michigan Foreclosure Prevention Project since 2009. In her role as the statewide consumer law and foreclosure specialist, she has provided litigation, advocacy and case consultation support for cases involving foreclosure prevention, anti-predatory lending, debt collection, payday loans, garnishment and student loans. Ms. Brown has conducted numerous trainings concerning consumer law, predatory lending, foreclosures, and mortgage servicing. She has also presented at national conferences. In 2017, Ms. Brown was selected to participate in the 2017 Racial Justice Institute (RJI) through the Shriver Center on Poverty Law. RJI is a leadership program that equips and coordinates anti-poverty advocates to affirmatively advance racial equity. After participating in RJI, Ms. Brown along with the Michigan 2017 RJI cohort formed the Michigan Racial Justice Collaborative (RJC). RJC was formed to provide training around race equity issues.

Register Here.