Cornell alum to discuss "Understanding Implicit Bias"

In a return engagement, Cornell alumnus Christopher Dial '04 will discuss how unconscious bias can influence behaviors and decision-making in a seminar, “Understanding Implicit Bias,” to be held May 15, 1-3 p.m., in the Hollis E. Cornell auditorium in Goldwin Smith Hall (Room 132).

Dial, who graduated from the College of Human Ecology, is the lab manager of the social cognition laboratory and instructor in the Department of Psychology at Harvard University. His research focuses on the inferences humans make about social groups, their automatic assessments of others, and how these thoughts and feelings outside of conscious awareness shape social perceptions, judgments and actions.

The May 15 seminar will explore how humans can make mistakes, even in big, important, thoughtful decisions, and how – without realizing it – their minds can lead to behaviors that don’t align with their personal values. By identifying and understanding these unconscious biases, participants will learn how to make smarter decisions in their careers, families and communities. 

Born in Salt Lake City, Utah, Dial now lives in Somerville, Massachusetts, after time in New York City, where he worked as a teacher at Mahalia Jackson Elementary in Harlem, and as a statistical analyst with the Center for Children and Technology. Christopher is on the board of the Cambridge Moishe House (a program for post-college Jewish adults) and is a former board member and ongoing volunteer with Sibling Connections, a non-profit that reunites brothers and sisters who have been separated by their placement in foster care.

The seminar is free and open to Cornell staff members. Registration is required.

The seminar is sponsored by Cornell’s Inclusive Excellence Academy and Alumni Affairs and Development division. Visit for more details and to register.