Opening Statement

Bias can be defined as an inclination, temperament or prejudice for or against persons because of their memberships in a protected class, especially in a way considered to be unfair. An incident that is motivated by bias may include such things as offensive conduct or language, or expressions of disrespect toward a person or group because of actual or perceived membership in a protected class (i.e., race, color, creed, religion, ancestry, national or ethnic origin, sex/gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, cognitive or physical disability, military status, veteran status). While bias can take many shapes, it typically results in a state of emotional discomfort and insecurity for the impacted individual.