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Dane County hosts workshop aiming to end racial bias

(NBC15)
Published: Dec. 14, 2017 at 10:00 PM CST
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Dane County hosted a community conversation about ending racial bias Thursday in Madison.

It is part of an ongoing effort to talk about reducing discrimination because of race, gender and other differences people may have.

The Dane County Board of Supervisors hosted the event along with people from the Perception Institute from Washington D.C. It is a group that uses "mind science," defined as the study of human consciousness used to better civilization, to help organizations reduce discrimination.

“This is a huge issue in the community especially in the area of law enforcement. We have a disproportionate involvement with law enforcement of people of color and I think there's a concern that implicit bias plays a role in that," said Dane County Board Chair Sharon Corrigan.

Residents were encouraged to share their own experiences and get involved in the conversation. Madison Police Officer Tyrone Cratic Williams said this is encouraging.

"It puts a smile on my face seeing the people in the community come out and want to engage and learn. It gives me hope for a better future and police and community relationships,” said Tyrone Cratic Williams.

This is being paid for through a grant from the Wisconsin Department of Justice.

On Friday, a training will also be held that is specifically designed for law enforcement, social workers and corrections officers.