Interrupt Implicit Bias

From Hiring to Retirement, Welcoming and Retaining People of Color WITHIN Your Faculty, Staff and Administration

Tuesday, June 16, 2020
Location: Virtual, using Zoom
9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Pictured, left to right: Lawrence Alexander, Carlos Hoyt, Brendan Largay


  • Welcome and Introductions, facilitated by Becky Biggs, Director, Professional Development, AISNE: 9:30 - 10:00 a.m.
  • Recruitment and Onboarding, presented and facilitated by Lawrence Alexander: 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
  • Break: 11:00 - 11:15 a.m.
  • Onboarding and Retention, presented and facilitated by Carlos Hoyt and Brendan Largay: 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
  • Reflections and Farewell: 12:15 - 12:30 p.m.

AISNE Workshops include takeaway content, tools and resources. Program recordings will also be provided to support asynchronous and follow-up participant engagement. These resources are summarized and provided on a password accessible web page.

Registration Options

To order this workshop for asynchronous learning:

Please use this form. In advance of completing the form, please prepare a spreadsheet you will attach as part of your submission. It should list each person who will be asynchronously participating. Columns: First Name, Last Name, Title (Role), School Name, Email Address. AISNE will invoice you and deliver the assets to your participants upon receipt of your payment.

Virtual Format Rates:

  • Member Schools: $99 per person, or $89 per person for 3-4 participants and $75 per person for 5+ participants*
  • Non-Member Schools: $149 per person, or $139 per person for 3-4 participants and $125 per person for 5+ participants*

*To utilize our Group Savings Rates, please designate one person from your school to register all participants at the same time. If you have a question about this, please contact Betsy O'Brien, Manager, Program & Communications, AISNE.

About This Workshop

An implicit bias is an unconscious association, belief or attitude toward any social group. Due to implicit biases, people may often attribute certain qualities or characteristics to all members of a particular group, a phenomenon known as stereotyping.

It is important to remember that implicit biases operate almost entirely on an unconscious level. While explicit biases and prejudices are intentional and controllable, implicit biases are less so.

A person may even express explicit disapproval of a certain attitude or belief while still harboring similar biases on a more unconscious level.

In this workshop attendees:

  • Gained a deeper understanding for the dynamics of implicit bias within hiring and onboarding processes, including particular consideration for the dynamics of conducting these experiences virtually
  • Delved into opportunities for improving onboarding experiences of people of color, with a focus on interrupting implicit bias
  • Discussed what best practice looks like when it comes to making your school community an environment in which people of color wish to remain, and thrive

About Our Facilitators

Lawrence Alexander
Lawrence works as the lead search consultant for Carney Sandoe & Associates Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion practice. He facilitates in-house training on best practices around implicit bias and equitable decision making for CS&A. He also develops educational opportunities for school partners and keeps the CS&A team on the razor's edge with regard to trends and changes in the profession. Lawrence has spent a decade as a college counselor in both public and independent schools.

Learn more about Lawrence, here.

Carlos Hoyt, PhD, LISCW
Carlos was born in the Caribbean coastal town, Puerto Limon, in Costa Rica and immigrated to the United States when he was four years old. He grew up in Dorchester, Massachusetts, an urban neighborhood of Boston. Carlos attended Boston Public Schools through sixth grade and then enrolled in METCO, a voluntary busing program that transported disadvantaged and underrepresented students from under-resourced school systems to better suburban schools. Through his research and writing, Carlos interrogates master narratives and the dominant discourse on race with the goal of illuminating and virtuously disrupting the racial worldview. Carlos is adept at engaging people in exploring the non-racial worldview as an alternative and antidote to our society’s centuries-old inability to move beyond the puzzles and perils inherent in a racialized perspective on human differences. Carlos serves as Director of Equity and Inclusion at Belmont Day School.

Learn more about Carlos, here.

Brendan Largay
Brendan is completing his fourth year as Head of School at Belmont Day School. He also serves on AISNE's board. Brendan has been in independent school education in the Metro Boston area for 20+ years. Prior to joining BDS, Brendan was Head of the Middle School at The Meadowbrook School of Weston. Brendan's work with his community to draft a new mission statement, and his recent partnership with Dr. Hoyt as Belmont Day's first Director of Equity and Inclusion has helped to advance his school's commitment to equity, inclusion, innovation and excellence at Belmont Day.

Explore Brendan's blog, here.