Nov. 7, 2018 HR and Business Special Interest Group

Nov 7, 2018 -

Everyone at the research park welcomed!

SIGs provide a venue to discuss leading-edge topics, the latest tools, industry best practices and builds professional relationships all while educating, motivating and exchanging energizing ideas and perspectives with other professionals.

Alicia Cohen, VT Director of Diversity Programs
Office for Inclusion and Diversity

Topic: Implicit Bias | Strategies for Addressing Implicit Bias in the Workplace

There is considerable research that shows implicit/unconscious bias - hidden beliefs and attitudes contribute a great deal to our interactions, decisions, and behaviors around diversity. While bias is a necessary part of our lives, it can also lead to discriminatory practices. Learn about how you can be more conscious of your biases and create more equity in the workplace.

  • 11:45 a.m.  – 12:00 p.m.: Check-in, network and grab your complimentary lunch
  • 12:00 p.m.: Presentation begins
  • Wiki Conference Room, 1715 Pratt Drive
  • For employees of the research park only.



Alicia Cohen is the director of diversity programs in the office for inclusion and diversity. In this role she provides leadership for diversity education and has facilitated workshops on: Communicating Respectfully; Disability and Diversity; Diversity, Sports and Culture; Facilitating Conversations; Neurodiversity; and Women in Higher Education.

Alicia began her career at Virginia Tech in 1989 as the coordinator of student organizations. After working 10 years in student activities she moved to multicultural affairs as assistant to the vice president. She served in multiple capacities in a number of university offices focusing on issues of diversity and inclusion.

She is a trained facilitator for NetSpeed Leadership, Emotional Intelligence, $tart$mart, Mentors in Violence Prevention, and Intergroup Dialogues.

She earned her B.S. in Science and Technology Studies from Lyman Briggs School at Michigan State University and her M.A. in College and University Administration with a Health Promotion Cognate from Michigan State University.

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