Multiple community and public agencies will participate in a Nov. 1 seminar on Implicit Bias, to be held at Southern Oregon University.

The Ashland Police Department, Southern Oregon University, SO Health-E (Jackson County regional health equity coalition of Health Care Coalition of Southern Oregon), the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, Luminary Communications and Joel Lesko will be involved.

The free seminar will cover the basics of implicit bias, and how it affects community members. It will begin at 6 p.m., Nov. 1, in the Rogue River Room of SOU's Stevenson Union.

Implicit biases are described in a release as subconscious processes that, if left unchecked and unrecognized, can have a dramatic impact on people's decisions. The biases can involve issues of race, gender, religion, income, gender and sexual identity, home status and countless other groups within society. The seminar will specifically touch on implicit bias involving health care, human resources, the academic community and law enforcement.

Participants will hear from representatives in each of those areas and will have a chance to ask questions of the speakers. The speakers will also share what steps their organizations are taking to work on their respective issues to lessen inequalities.