MDCR Executive Director Dr. Agustin V. Arbulu to present at WMU-Cooley Law School on Jan. 15

Contact: Lisa Collins - CollinsL3@michigan.gov
Agency: Civil Rights

January 12, 2018

Lansing — The Michigan Department of Civil Rights today announced Executive Director Dr. Agustin V. Arbulu will present “Learning to See Clearly: The Presence and Power of Implicit Bias” at the WMU-Cooley Law School’s Equal Access to Justice Day program organized by the Black Law Students Association, on Monday, January 15 at 10 a.m. in Room AH45 of the Auburn Hills campus at 2630 Featherstone Road.

“The way we currently address race and cultural differences is woefully inadequate. We can do better and that means leveraging the scientific research surrounding implicit bias to tackle the legacy of racism. An implicit bias focus offers a more expansive diagnosis that can lead to better ways to change the narrative while also building more effective structures and systems that are equitable,” said Dr. Arbulu about the focus of the presentation.

Equal Access to Justice Day, as initiated by WMU-Cooley President and Dean Don LeDuc, suspends classes in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Students, faculty and staff devote the day to reflect and attend programs on the role of law and lawyers in protecting the rights of everyone and assuring equal access to justice. This event is free and open to the public. Those interested in attending may RSVP to tempah1@cooley.edu.

The Michigan Department of Civil Rights is charged with investigating and resolving discrimination complaints and works to prevent discrimination through educational programs that promote voluntary compliance with civil rights laws. The Department also provides information and services to businesses on diversity initiatives and equal employment law. For more information on the Michigan Department of Civil Rights, go to www.michigan.gov/mdcr.

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