Dr. Linet Mera (she/her)
This is a two-part episode where Dr. Linet Mera, co-founder of the Unconscious Bias Project helps us understand what unconscious biases are, and how to tackle them. Part 1 focuses on Dr. Mera’s story, growing up in 5 different countries and having diversity as a cornerstone of her development. She also talks about her experience navigating college, as the first in her family to attend university in the U.S.A. We also talked about how we “other” people and even fear them because we don’t understand who they are. To change this, she encourages us to be open to getting to know them and to find the commonalities among us, no matter how different we seem to be. Inclusion is a choice. In the second part Dr. Mera helps us understand what unconscious biases are, and how to tackle them. Part 2 focuses on concrete tools we can use to tackle our own unconscious biases, and to intervene when we see them playing out in our own circles. Dr. Mera shares actual examples of how we could apply these tools, based on real-life experiences that these two women of color in science have experienced.
Some of the opportunities mentioned in this episode:
The International Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Experience, Association sans but lucratif (non-profit association, IAESTE A.s.b.l.)
Link to Part #2: https://www.buzzsprout.com/765251/14243732
Learn about The Unconscious Bias Project: https://www.unconsciousbiasproject.org