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March 2017

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"I'm not just offering theory and definitive descriptions. I'm giving participants some tools to put theory into practice and change what they do," says Cameron Wedding. "We do exercises and activities that apply to their work. We identify what stereo- types look like, what disrespect looks like, how these things might affect outcomes, and what they can do to change that." For example, behavior from a white youth in a suburban setting may be per- ceived as being respectful, while the same behavior from a black youth in an urban setting wearing dreadlocks and baggy pants may be perceived as disrespectful — and convey that the youth is a threat, which results in escalating tactics and sometimes tragedy. "ink about how you approach someone," she urges police. "If you see a businessman in a nice car, you assume it's their car and say, 'Good morning.' You don't assume they have stolen the car. But the first thing a police officer may say to a black person is 'Is this your car?' It gets off to a really bad start. If you don't assume that every person who looks a particular way is bad and show empathy, you are less likely to get a quick escalation of negative events." C a m e r o n We d di n g a l s o e nj o y s p r o v i di n g w o rk s h o p s a t school sites, where she believes her trainings can help diverse students succeed. "Implicit bias impacts which students get into the gifted and talented programs at school and who gets suspended and ends up on the street — w hich is how the school-to-prison pipeline kicks in. Educators may assume that black kids from poor neighborhoods who dress and talk a certain way are not as intelligent, which isn't true." Her training is not affiliated with Black Lives Matter, but she supports the move- ment and appreciates that it has raised awareness of social justice issues. She believes that those working in law enforcement and the judicial system are good people at heart who want to do the right thing. She is happy she can offer them some tools for creating more pos- itive outcomes. "I think of myself as an activist scholar. is is how I fight for social justice." " Implicit bias impacts which students get into the gifted and talented programs and who gets suspended and ends up on the street." 14 perspectives FIND YOUR DREAM HOME AND SAVE Provident Credit Union's Mortgage Program 1. Relationship pricing credit of the additional $250 off closing costs is based on you having one of the following Provident products: home equity loan/line of credit, auto/boat/RV/motorcycle loan, checking with direct deposit, or certificate/IRA. 2. Single family/owner-occupied homes and second homes in California only. Other restrictions may apply. Membership required. Subject to final approval. Portable Mortgages available on loans funded after 5/1/04. Pre-approval and closing guarantees are based on a preliminary review of borrower's credit information only and is not a commitment to lend. The closing guarantee is subject to verification of the information submitted on borrower's application, in addition to borrower's property eligibility. Fraudulent or purposely misleading information provided by borrower will invalidate the guarantee. NMLS #412725 © 9/16 PCU • Exclusive .125% mortgage rate discount for CTA members • $100 discount on a standard mortgage loan for CTA members • Receive $250 towards closing costs from Provident Credit Union 1 • Exclusive Movable ® Mortgage 2 • Experienced and knowledgeable Provident Mortgage Consultants to guide you • Power Funding 10-Day Guarantee (800) 632-4600 Endorsed by: ENROLL IN ONLINE BANKING TO RECEIVE PAYMENT ALERTS, CHECK YOUR BALANCE, TRANSFER FUNDS, AND PAY YOUR MORTGAGE LOAN. STEP 3: Find your dream home and SAVE! STEP 1: Get pre-approved for a Provident mortgage loan. Three ways to apply: 1. Call (800) 632-4600 2. Visit 3. Visit your local branch STEP 2: Connect with an experienced Provident Mortgage Consultant by visiting

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