Pamela Tobi Fishel, PhD.

Pamela Tobi Fishel, PhD.

On April 13, 2018, Dr. Fishel presented and moderated an intense, illustrative hour on bias, both conscious and unconscious. Initially, she presented several personal stories and a few short videos demonstrating gender and racial bias. In one video, a transgender
(male to female) was able to depict bias situations towards herself contrasting the differences between when she was initially a male and then when she became a female. In the latter half of the hour, Dr. Fishel had the audience split up into groups of 2-4 people. She asked that each person tell something that they regretted in their life and, additionally, any instances of bias they experienced. Each group then analyzed these experiences. Finally, she opened the floor to questions/ statements. The honesty and frankness of many of the comments clearly reflected that Dr. Fishel had indeed opened the minds and hearts of the residents and faculty in attendance. Hopefully, the hour will represent a beginning for the department to improve communication, equity, and inclusion.