Perception Institute Workshop: Building Community & Conversation Across Lines Of Difference

We hope you can join us for: 
Building Community & Conversation Across Lines of Difference
A workshop for parents and caregivers

  • Sunday, June 9th
  • 1:00 to 4:00pm in the BSI Library
  • Presented by Perception Institute
  • There is no fee to attend but please register here
  • Light refreshments will be served
  • Program is for BSI adults. We regret that we cannot accommodate children or provide childcare

BSI celebrates its diverse community of students and families. Research suggests that building connections across identity differences, such as race and ethnicity, or even talking about these differences, can be challenging. Studies demonstrate that unconscious processes linked to identity difference – such as implicit bias, racial anxiety, and stereotype threat – can get in the way of efforts to build community, and to discuss identity with our children. Perception Institute will share insights regarding the benefits of a diverse school community and the challenges of naming and navigating identity differences. Parents and caregivers will learn concrete strategies to better engage across groups, deepen the sense of belonging for all of the BSI community, and better prepare our children for an increasingly diverse world.

Perception Institute is a consortium of researchers, advocates, and strategists who translate cutting edge mind science research on race, gender, ethnic, and other identities into solutions that reduce bias and discrimination, and promote belonging. We work in sectors where bias has the most profound impact—education, healthcare, media, workplace, law enforcement, and civil justice.

At Perception, we turn research into remedies—designing studies, evaluations, interventions, and communications strategies. We craft real-world solutions for everyday relationships, to help us all navigate difference.

About our workshop leader:

 Aya Tavares is an educator, facilitator, and expert in culturally responsive pedagogy. With Perception Institute, Aya leads mind science workshops on implicit bias, identity anxiety, and stereotype threat with key stakeholders in education, including teachers, administrators, and parents.

Early in her career, Aya taught 6-8th grade English Language Arts in Brooklyn and Washington Heights, before moving into strategic work in the education equity landscape. Previously, she served as Outreach Director at Educators for Excellence, seeking to elevate the voices of teachers who identify as women of color, and as Community Partner Manager at Girls Who Code.