MONTHLY ROUNDTABLE BREAKFAST
The Association for Conflict Resolution
of Greater New York
The CUNY Dispute Resolution Center at John Jay College
Coffee and networking 8:00 AM.
Program begins promptly at 8:30 AM.
FAIRNESS AND BIAS: MITIGATING IMPLICIT BIAS IN MEDIATION
BETH FISHER YOSHIDA, PhD, CCS
As mediators, we have multiple responsibilities, including managing the process of the mediation. In this capacity, it is critical to ensure the involved parties have a fair process. We intend to be impartial and to provide opportunities that will move the parties toward deeper understanding, perhaps a shift in perspective, and even solution if that is attainable. There is much we can do to bring parties to ripeness, to have them be more open and engaged, and to create safe environments so they feel more comfortable exploring possibilities they had not previously considered. However, what we do not consciously intend to do, but may do without even noticing, is betray our own implicit biases. We all have them, embedded somewhere, and the more we are aware of our own biases, the more we will be able to manage them. In this session we will explore the science behind implicit bias, engage in an experiential activity where we can uncover some of our own potential biases and identify strategies to call upon to manage them in our mediation sessions.
DR. BETH FISHER-YOSHIDA is a Facilitator, Educator, Mediator and Executive Coach, who partners with clients to develop initiatives that will foster change, resulting in improved communication, organizational performance and quality of life. She is President and CEO of Fisher Yshida International, LLC. Dr. Fisher-Yoshida is Director and Faculty of the Master of Science in Negotiation and Conflict Resolution and Co-Executive Director of the Advanced Consortium for Cooperation, Conflict and Complexity (AC4) at the Earth Institute, both at Columbia University.
She has worked in Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Europe and North America, across a variety of industries including finance, pharmaceuticals, consumer goods, education, military and arts.
She is the Director of the Youth Peace and Security Program at AC4, working with colleagues on developing youth leaders to transform conflict in Medellin, Columbia and she has worked with the United Nations and WHO as an external consultant for more than 18 years.
She has written and edited several books and chapters and published many articles.
Dr. Fisher-Yoshida is a Certified Clinical Sociologist (CCS). She speaks conversational Japanese and worked in Japan for 13 years.