Anthony McLean to bring awareness to unconscious bias

By Justin Waldrop Posted: September 18, 2019 1:45 p.m.

Motivational speaker Anthony McLean will be on campus Oct. 1 to present on unconscious bias.
Motivational speaker Anthony McLean will be on campus Oct. 1 to present on unconscious bias. Photo: Courtesy of Anthony McLean

We all have unconscious biases. They are learned stereotypes that are automatic, unintentional, deeply engrained within our beliefs, universal, and have the ability to affect our behaviour.

On October 1, the University is inviting faculty, staff, students and members of our community to unpack discriminatory unconscious biases that can make their way into workplaces, schools, and communities. Bringing in speaker Anthony McLean, the University will host a special event aimed at building a more welcoming and inclusive community.

An actor, musician and recognized voice, McLean has delivered hundreds of inspiring talks across Canada, the U.S. and Australia, and, appeared on CBC News, Global Toronto’s Morning Show, and Breakfast Television inspiring audiences to bring their best every day.

In his upcoming presentation, McLean will challenge audience members to think critically about unconscious biases and deliver a powerful message about creating an inclusive environment. He’ll argue that regardless of our race, religion, socio-economic background, or sexual orientation, we all want to feel a sense of belonging.

“An inclusive and welcoming environment sees, unlocks and celebrates the potential in everyone, and that is the sort of environment we want to continue building at the University of Regina,” says President and Vice-Chancellor, Dr. Vianne Timmons. “Uncovering discriminatory unconscious biases can be an eye-opening and unsettling experience, but it is one that helps create a University community where everybody feels valued and knows they belong.”

This speaker series is part of the University of Regina You Belong Here campaign – a campaign that reinforces the message that our University is a welcoming and inclusive place for all.

Everyone is welcome to attend this free event on October 1 at 7:00 p.m. in the Education Auditorium located in the Education Building on the University’s Main Campus with free parking provided in lots 7 and 8. Building and parking information can be found here.


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