Bias, Acceptance, and Respect in the Workplace: Battling One’s Discrimination

Posted on 4/1/2019 7:49:21 PM

Dr. Hal BurchOn Wednesday, April 10, Google software specialist Hal Burch will discuss battling discrimination in the workplace, including his career in an accepting workplace that helped him discover his own biases, how they affect his behavior, and how he works to combat them.

Burch confirms it is a fact of the workplace that everyone comes with biases that lead to initial judgments based on appearances. These biases need not be overt or even conscious to impact how colleagues are treated. Even in a workplace that emphasizes acceptance of differences, one must recognize that acceptance of your co-workers is no substitute for respecting them.

This talk will discuss experiences in Burch’s career in an accepting workplace that helped him discover his own biases, how they affect his behavior, and how he works to combat them.

Hal Burch earned his PhD in computer science from Carnegie Mellon. He has been a professional software engineer for more than 20 years. He currently works at Google’s Pittsburgh office where he has been for over 12 years, working on projects that include machine learning, cluster management, advertising, and network monitoring. 

Date

  • Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Time and Place

  • 5:30–6:30 p.m.
  • Humanities and Social Sciences Building, Room 126

Attendance vouchers will be available.

Free and open to all.

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