Connect in Place: Bias and Kids

How do our unconscious biases influence how we raise our children as caregivers and as a community?

February 9, 2021 | 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. Pacific

Most people agree that children need healthy, loving, supportive environments to thrive. But biases can affect how we interact with the children in our lives in ways we may not even realize. By reflecting on our biases, we can be more aware of how we impact children’s perceptions of themselves and others. During our conversation, we will reflect on how our biases—conscious and unconscious—related to gender, race, class, culture, and other traits shape everything from our subtle interactions with the kids we care for to the way we make political decisions that influence children in our society.

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Kyrié Thompson Kellett is the founding principal at Mason Bee Interpretive Planning in Portland. She specializes in developing new educational experiences in collaboration with cultural organizations and community partners. She is a National Association for Interpretation–certified interpretive planner with over twenty years of experience working with museums, parks, and youth programs. Her work focuses on the interface of science and culture, building on a bachelor of arts in environmental studies and physics from Whitman College and a master of arts in applied anthropology from Northern Arizona University. When she’s not creating adventures for others, she enjoys exploring museums and natural areas with her husband, two kids, and extended family.

Verónika Núñez is an artist and educator, who lives in Portland. She is originally from Venezuela, where she grew up and went to school. She specializes in creating programs, events, trainings, and educational experiences with an inclusion and diversity lens. She works for OMSI as learner empowerment manager. Her focus is to work with communities that are not typically involved in science experiences. Through her work, she has participated in the cocreation of several exhibits and programs, including “Sustainability,” “Designing Our World,” and “Eat Well, Play Well.” She is also active in the theater community, where she has participated in more than twenty plays around the Portland Metro area at theaters such as Milagro, Northwest Children’s Theater, and Lakewood. She is passionate about education, inclusion, and creating spaces for growth and the creative process. She is mom to Diego. They love soccer and board games.

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