Navigating Implicit Bias

February 24, 2021

10:00 AM Wednesday, Pacific Time

12:00 PM Central Standard Time

1:00 PM Eastern Time

To do before the session:

  1. Take the implicit bias test 
  2. Watch the following video

Learning Objectives:

Identify implicit bias, be able to recognize the effects of implicit bias in everyday life and the implications it has in academia and industry. Implicit bias has been around since forever and the objective of this session is be able to comprehend how deep it goes, the relationship of implicit bias and effective ways to understand our personal implicit bias, have an honest conversation about it and how to eliminate implicit bias.

An Uncomfortable Truth:Implicit Bias

Edwin Barea-Rodrigue, PhD
Professor and Associate Dean for Student Success
Roland K. and Jane W. Blumberg Professorship in Biosciences
UT San Antonio

Dr. Barea-Rodriguez’s research interest focuses on investigating and applying the best teaching practices in STEM education. Dr. Barea-Rodriguez welcomes students who are interested in investigating the impact of best teaching practices on student retention in STEM disciplines.

Ann Caroline Fisher, MD
Clinical Associate Professor
Associate Clinic Chief
Director Diversity, Equity, Inclusion in Ophthalmology
Director Stanford Belize Vision Clinic
Stanford University School of Medicine Byers Eye Institute

Dr. Fisher completed her undergraduate and medical school training at Stanford obtaining a BS in Biology, a BA in Spanish with departmental honors, and her MD. She then went on to Presbyterian Hospital within the University of Pennsylvania Health Care system for her transitional year. She completed her NYU/Manhattan Eye, Ear Throat Hospital Ophthalmology Residency, and returned to Stanford for subspecialty training in glaucoma.  She is a first-generation college and medical school graduate. Her parents immigrated from Peru, and she is the youngest of 5 siblings. She was born and raised in San Francisco and the Bay Area.  Since 2014, she has been an Office of Faculty Development and Diversity Liaison. She is also the Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for the Ophthalmology Department, as well as Co-Chair of the CODE-I committee, and co-chair of Clinical Educator Diversity Taskforce at Stanford.  She has been invited as a discussant and moderator for The American Glaucoma Society (AGS) Social Justice and Racial Discourse Seminars. She now serves on the AGS Diversity, Equity, Inclusion Taskforce and is also developing a Social Justice and Racial Discourse Seminar for the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS). She co-founded and directs the Stanford Belize Vision Clinic (SBVC) which serves to provide eye care to an under-resourced population and provides an international rotation for ophthalmology residents. She is passionate about and committed to building a world where her daughters and all children feel that they are part of a community where they are valued and respected for their integrity, honesty, intelligence and kindness, regardless of their gender, religious identity, or ethnicity. 


Dr. Roberto Ivan Mota Alvidrez is a Research Assistant Professor at the University of Pittsburgh/UPMC in the Department of Surgery and McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine. His research program focuses in understanding the pathophysiology of diabetic vasculopathy and the effects of sex specific disease progression.


Verónica Contreras-Shannon, PhD, is Professor of Biological Sciences and Director of the MARC U*STAR Program at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, TX. Dr. Contreras teaches courses and labs in General Biology, Toxicology, Mechanisms of Disease, and Cell and Molecular Methodology. Several of these involve course-based undergraduate research experiences. In addition to teaching, Dr. Contreras mentors 5-10 undergraduates per year in biomedical research. Her research examines the role of tubulins during cell differentiation, protein secretion, and mitochondrial dysfunction. As a faculty at a primarily undergraduate and Hispanic-serving institution (PUI and HSI), Dr. Contreras works to expose undergraduates to cutting-edge biomedical research and give students opportunities to be actively involved in research. As director of the MARC U*STAR program, now in its 35th  year of training future scientists, her goal is to adequately prepare and attract the next generation of scientists as a means to increase the number of underrepresented students in the sciences.