Workshop: Understanding and Combating Racism — Causes, Consequences, and Antidotes

Posted on July 15, 2020


What is racism? Why do humans engage in racism and under what circumstances?  What is implicit bias?  How can you become an anti-racist?

In light of recent events, more people are becoming aware of how important it is to educate ourselves and become proactive in seeking solutions to racism in our society.  Many do not realize that they may be a part of the problem, due to passivity and complicit behaviors.

A presentation and workshop discussion on this topic, geared towards discrimination against members of the black community in particular, will be held remotely on Zoom on Saturday, July 25, 2020 from 9 AM to 3 PM, with an hour break at Noon.  The above questions will be explored and participants will discuss the realities in our society, and how to build a more resilient community. Participants will be given tools to combat prejudice and discrimination based on common stereotypes. See FLIER for more details.

There is no charge for the workshop but open-minded, active participants are sought and the workshop is limited to 40 people. A similar workshop held this past February 19thwas well-attended and elicited deep and meaningful conversations. Please join us remotely on July 25th !  Advance registration is required:


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Speaker Bio:

Sandra Donnay holds both a Ph.D. and Master’s degree in developmental psychology from Fordham University and New York University, respectively. She is particularly interested in how issues of ethnicity and race impact child development. Her dissertation examined the influences of parental racial socialization and adolescents’ ethnic identity status on the relationship between discrimination distress and depressive symptoms for African American, Asian, and Latinx adolescents. She has also conducted research on how early life stress impacts cognitive performance in adulthood and old age, as well as on how intelligence stereotypes influence the academic performance of African American college students.

Dr. Donnay conducts anti-bias workshops with the aim of helping participants understand why discrimination occurs, and how they can reduce unintended discrimination practices. Her workshops involve the synthesizing and dissemination of scholarly work to help participants understand: Why do humans engage in discrimination? How is discrimination socially (i.e., implicit bias, microaggressions) and structurally maintained? What is the impact of unintended discrimination? How can participants reduce their participation in discrimination, and become more culturally competent? Participants will gain the tools to combat prejudice/discrimination based on common stereotypes.

Dr. Donnay is currently a Fellow at Penn State’s Research to Policy Collaboration, where she informs policy makers on scientific work related to a variety of child and family topics, including preventing and treating child abuse and neglect.

About One Montgomery / Montgomery Mosaic:

We are dedicated to overcoming prejudice and discrimination in our community through dialogue and education and to working proactively towards a more cohesive social fabric. We are affiliated with the Not In Our Town movement – “a movement to stop hate, address bullying, and build safe, inclusive communities for all.” This is a grassroots movement is inspired by the idea that real change happens at the local level. The meetings are open to all members of the  Montgomery community who wish to learn and connect with others.