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Discipleship & Implicit Bias: Interactive Workshop for Becoming More Faithful Leaders

August 4 & 5 | 5:30 pm to 6:45 pm CDT Online | REGISTER HERE

Workshop is a two-part series.

Sponsored by The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd Baptized for Life Committee

Led by Elizabeth Schlosser, Ph.D.

The truth is we all have implicit biases and most go unaware that we have them. This Interactive workshop will engage participants and bring awareness to implicit bias. Implicit bias refers to the perceptions, outlooks, beliefs and/or stereotypes that affect our actions unconsciously.

  • Our subconscious mind makes decisions for us all the time without us knowing it. This workshop is a two-part series that will address topics such as the neuroscience behind our conscious and subconscious mind, how our brain plays tricks on us and that our memory is more fragile than we think.

  • Additionally, we will explore the differences between explicit and implicit biases. Participants will receive examples of how the two concepts deeply connect, with an overview of historical events that have led to such ways of thinking.  

  • Participants will also take the Harvard Race Implicit Association Test (race IAT). This test will measure unconscious stereotypes participants may have. Participants will be given an analysis of what their test score (d-score) means followed by breakout sessions for questions and answers.

  • Provided will be proven strategies and recommendations that mitigate biases, followed by a reflection. 


Registration Information

Workshop is intended for clergy, vestry, standing committee, staff and lay members of the Episcopal Diocese of the Central Gulf Coast who are interested in living out their baptismal covenant more fully by understanding, identifying and diminishing implicit bias. Clergy will receive 2.5 CEUs.

Workshop will be held from 5:30 pm to 6:45 pm CDT on August 4 and 5 online. Internet connection is needed. For the best possible experience, a desktop or laptop computer is recommended, as participants will be asked to take the Harvard Race Implicit Association Test (race IAT) during the course of the workshop.

Workshop will be conducted through the Zoom video meeting platform. Zoom video tutorials.


About Our Facilitator

Dr. Elizabeth Cox Schlosser is a biology instructor at Bishop State Community College, where she has taught both biology and physical science courses for the college for over 15 years. She was born in England to a mother from British Guyana, South America, and an American father who served in the United States Air Force as a Lieutenant Colonel. Her father was one of the first African Americans elected to the Mobile County School Board, from Mobile, Alabama. The values instilled in her by her parents gave her an innate sense of optimism, and a desire to devote her life to helping students achieve their goal of becoming educated productive citizens.

Dr. Schlosser earned her Master of Education in Biology Education from Alabama State University while employed as a high school science teacher working for the Mobile County Public School System (MCPSS). She later earned her Doctor of Philosophy degree from The University of Southern Mississippi in Science Education with an emphasis in Biology.

Dr. Schlosser’s research on implicit bias led to developing a partnership with the Mobile County Public School System and the Baldwin County School System. Whereby, she conducted research on understanding the underlying reasons of race implicit bias and the role that it may play in teacher-student relationships.

Dr. Schlosser is happily married and the mother of a son and daughter. In addition to being a wife and mother, her community service includes volunteer Science Teacher to elementary students throughout the school year; Vice President for both the Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) for Old Shell Road Magnet Elementary School Mobile, Alabama (2017-2018); Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd’s Executive Board of the Episcopal Church Women (ECW), Mobile (2017-Present). She is a member of the Baptized for Life Committee, as well as, the Race and Reconciliation Council and is on the ADA Advisory Committee at Bishop State Community College.


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