Starting in October 2019, until the coronavirus pandemic ended public gatherings in March 2020, the Commission hosted several Gender Equity Conversations around the state. Joined at every event by Governor Gretchen Whitmer, Commissioners hosted these conversations to hear directly from Michigan women about the policy issues they deem top priorities to move us closer to achieving gender equity.
Across all conversations and across all issue areas, conversation participants asked the Commission to directly and openly address implicit bias and systemic racism as it relates to the Commission’s work, specifically, and to the state’s policymaking, in general.
The Committee on Implicit Bias is an internal oversight committee to provide ongoing learning opportunities for Commissioners to identify, acknowledge and minimize implicit bias in themselves and within the Michigan Women’s Commission, and to develop a common language and lens to guide the Commission’s work and policy recommendations. When appropriate, these learning opportunities will be shared with policymakers and the public.