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Unconscious Bias and Microaggressions

Tuesday, October 26, 2021 1:00pm to 2:00pm

11011 SW 104th St, Miami, FL 33176

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Presented by Mr. Umut Dursun, Mr. Joseph Zolobczuk, and Ms. Ayari Aguayo

Unconscious bias can influence nearly everything we do, yet we rarely can pause and reflect on the biases we hold and how these biases show up in our everyday interactions. In this session, we will examine messages we have received and formed outside of our own conscious awareness to highlight experiences of race, gender, and sexual orientation. Join us and discover how we can be responsible for biases we hold and create communities where all feel welcome.

The mission of the YES Institute is to prevent suicide and ensure the healthy development of all youth through powerful communication and education on gender and orientation.

Umut Dursun serves the YES Institute as the Executive Director of Education. He is a former Marine, award-winning saxophonist, and 2011 TFA Miami-Dade Alumni. Drawing on his own experience of transitioning after being assigned “female” at birth, Mr. Dursun is a highly requested speaker at conferences around the country. 

Joseph Zolobczuk is the YES Institute’s Director of Education. He develops curriculum and leads training workshops on reducing health disparities and increasing adoption of best practices on gender and orientation diverse populations that meet Florida Board of Nursing, Florida Board of Licensed Clinical Social Work, and Florida Certification Board continuing education accreditation standards.

Ayari Aguayo serves as Leader of Community Engagement & Belonging at the YES Institute. She is a published poet and has more than ten years of experience with capacity-building projects in urban communities and supporting youth from at-risk locations. Ms. Aguayo is an active member of the Miami Women’s Chamber of Commerce and a nationally sought-after speaker, sharing her personal experience and analysis on international human rights with an intersectional focus.

Meeting ID: 845 3049 0548 Passcode: y3ss3y

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