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Hardwired for Fear, Hardwired for Connection: The Intersection of Brain Science and EDI

Hyatt Regency Bethesda One Bethesda Metro Center, 7400 Wisconsin Ave.
Bethesda, Maryland 20814
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October 15, 2023 @ 1:00 pm 5:00 pm EDT

$300 – $375

Registration for this pre-conference session of SPARK 2023 is now closed.

This session will focus on the intersection of brain science and equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI). During this workshop we will build a shared understanding of foundational brain science and EDI concepts, and consider key frameworks, research, and application tools that help bridge the gap between these two topics. Through thought-provoking discussion and small group work, we will deepen our awareness of how EDI and brain science are intertwined and relevant to the EDI journey at all levels—personal, organizational, and systemic.

This session will explore these key topics:

  • How brain architecture influences unconscious biases
  • The areas of our nervous system that are activated when we discuss, experience, or perpetrate racism
  • How brain-aware perspectives can lead to increased cultural humility
  • How we can advance EDI in our organizations’ cultures via brain-friendly strategies
  • How power affects empathy
  • The mindsets and practices in our sector need to be shifted so that we can accelerate healing and growth in ourselves, our workforce, and our communities

Learning Objectives

  • Describe key concepts related to basic brain architecture and development
  • Identify foundational components of systemic racism and how they are embedded throughout our sector and workplace cultures
  • Analyze how brain science and EDI intersect across the continuum of the EDI journey—personal, organizational, and systemic
  • Consider how to apply brain-science infused EDI tools, concepts, and practices into daily work environment



Undraye Howard

Vice President of Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Engagement
Social Current

Romero Davis

Senior Program Manager
Social Current

Karen Johnson

Karen Johnson

Senior Director of Change in Mind
Social Current

One Bethesda Metro Center, 7400 Wisconsin Ave.
Bethesda, Maryland 20814
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