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Unconscious Bias & Fair Housing Training – April 26 in West Lebanon, NH

Vermont Housing Managers Association (VHMA) and Granite State Managers Association are pleased to offer a one day training Tuesday, April 26, 2016 at Fireside Inn & Suites, 25 Airport Road, West Lebanon, NH from 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Registration will begin at 8:00 a.m. The registration deadline is April 18, 2016 and the cost is $100.00 per person for VHMA/ GSMA members $150.00 per person for non-members. Lunch is included in the registration cost. For more information on how to register, including the registration form, click here.

The first part of the training will be Unconscious Bias – Even When We Have Good Intentions, presented by Karen Richards. Our brains process information differently. When making important life decisions, we weigh a few factors deliberately (slowly). But for hundreds of other factors, we must rely on intuitive judgment — and we weigh these unconsciously (quickly). Even if in our slow thinking we work to avoid discrimination, it can easily creep into our fast thinking. Our snap judgments rely on all the associations we have — from fictional television shows to news reports and use stereotypes (both the accurate and the inaccurate), including those we want to use and ones we find incompatible with our conscious values. The key to “fast thinking” discrimination is that we all share it. Good intentions do not guarantee immunity. In order to understand how, despite our best intentions, we discriminate in ways big and small, we need to examine the sources of our biases, the way they affect our perceptions and ultimately our behavior, and develop strategies for overcoming them. The second part of the training will be Fair Housing 101 Review with an emphasis on Reasonable Accommodations, presented by Ellen Maxon. We hope you will attend this informative training. If you should have any questions, please feel free to contact Heidi Setien at


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