Know Better, Do Better – Confronting and Understanding Our Own Biases

Maya Angelou once said, "Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better." Each of us has a responsibility to do better in our pursuit of true diversity, equity and inclusion. However, in order to do better, we must know better. The goal of this session is to help participants become aware of and confront their unconscious internal biases in order gain a greater awareness of themselves and create a space where they will use their newfound knowledge towards cultivating diverse, equitable and inclusive environments for all. Participants will learn about what diversity, equity, belonging, inclusion, and tolerance means both personally and professionally, and how to effect change that creates spaces that fosters inclusion among various communities.


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Tai Harden-Moore, JD, MBA

Tai is a dedicated diversity, equity, belonging, and inclusion advocate. While earning her Juris Doctor degree from Florida A&M University College of Law, Tai served as the Lieutenant Governor for Non-Traditional Students for the American Bar Association Law Student Division, which afforded her the opportunity to work with and be an advocate for underserved student populations, particularly, students of color, women, LGBTQ students, and part-time law students in Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, Tennessee and Puerto Rico. Since graduating from law school, Tai has demonstrated her commitment to diversity, equity, belonging, and inclusion, social and economic justice and, racial equity, by being involved in and giving back to the community in various ways. Whether it be through her service to local non-profit boards, her research concerning legal issues surrounding gentrification and displacement in North and Northeast Portland, her work as a Conversation Leader for Oregon Humanities, or using her voice to bring attention to social justice issues through articles published by the Huffington Post, The Skanner News, Black Commentator, and African American Times; Tai has chosen to use her voice to effect change in our community.

Kimberly Harden, Ed.D.

Dr. Kimberly Harden is a professor in the Department of Communication at Seattle University. She has taught a variety of communication courses ranging from first year introductory courses to upper division courses at the community college and university level. Her research focus is on gendered racism and its effects on African American male students and faculty and on how service learning enhances the academic learning and civic engagement of undergraduate students. Kimberly serves as a member of Seattle University’s iLead Implementation Task Force and The University of Washington’s Alliance for Media Education. She is a former board member of the Washington State Humanities Association. Kimberly received her doctorate in educational leadership from Concordia University and a Masters degree in communication and leadership studies from Gonzaga University.

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