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Herkimer BOCES CTE seniors attend workshops on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Posted 12/7/22

Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES Career and Technical Education senior students are participating in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Workplace workshops this school year.

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Herkimer BOCES CTE seniors attend workshops on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

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HERKIMER — Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES Career and Technical Education senior students are participating in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Workplace workshops this school year.

Herkimer BOCES Supervisor of Equity, Diversity and Curriculum Initiatives Patricia Wilson facilitates the workshops. “We live in a very diverse country and employers are looking for employees who have the communication skills to work productively within diverse work settings and be members of diverse teams,” Wilson said.

The DEI workshops are taking place for 30 minutes once every other month. The first topic covered in the four-part series was “Cognitive Biases That Can Mess up Your Decisions.”

“Students had some fun looking at cartoon representations of many cognitive biases that affect all of us,” Wilson said. “For example, the bandwagon effect, the halo effect, the negativity bias and confirmation bias were a few of the biases discussed.”

Students picked one cartoon of interest, shared that bias with the class and then related how this bias might come up in work or life. Students also self-assessed at the end of the workshop on how well they felt they understood the bias that they chose and if they used the appropriate communication skills when sharing with their workshop partner and then with the whole workshop group. 

“It has been a lot of fun for this facilitator,” Wilson said.

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