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Implicit Bias Training Planned for All City Employees

Bridging The Gap: Shifting Perspectives. Changing BehaviorsDES MOINES, IOWA — Wednesday, October 30, 2019 – To better serve the needs of a diversifying Des Moines, every city employee will soon participate in a new learning exchange about the development and impact of implicit bias.

 Understanding Implicit Racial Bias: Rewiring Our Perceptions and Intentions is a program administered by the Iowa Department of Human Services (DHS). Its purpose is to recognize and reduce implicit bias and how such bias affects attitudes, beliefs and behaviors.

 “As Des Moines has grown and thrived, it’s attracted a wealth of diversity that defines and shapes who we are as a community,” said City Manager Scott Sanders. “As our city continues to transform, it’s important that we who serve it grow and evolve as well – bettering ourselves to work together and serve our residents.”

 Over the next few weeks, approximately 75 city employees will take part in one-day workshops conducted by DHS. Then starting in early 2020, the Des Moines’ Human Resources Department will conduct the sessions for the remainder of the city’s employees. There will also be an online training component for both current and new city workers, elected officials and individuals serving on the City’s Boards and Commissions.

 While this is a new program for citywide staff, the Des Moines Police Department has participated in implicit bias training for the past three years.

 The Understanding Implicit Racial Bias learning exchange is part of the city’s Bridging the Gap initiative that works to achieve long-term community change that is systemic, sustainable, equitable and inclusive.

Al Setka
Communications Manager, City Manager’s Office  
(515) 283-4057

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