Oakton to examine bias during ‘Archie Bunker’s Neighborhood’ events

(Feb. 7, 2018) Explore the negative effects of institutional bias during “Archie Bunker’s Neighborhood: A Cross Cultural Simulation.” The free presentations are open to the public and will take place at 4:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 26, at Oakton Community College’s Skokie campus, 7701 N. Lincoln Ave., Rooms P103-104, and again at 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 6, Room 1610, at the college’s Des Plaines location, 1600 E. Golf Road.

“Archie Bunker’s Neighborhood: A Cross Cultural Simulation” will allow participants to “walk a mile in someone in else’s shoes.” The simulation will focus on increasing the level of awareness and sensitivity to the types of pressure the “in crowd” imposes on those who may find themselves on the “outside looking in.” Attendees also will have the opportunity to provide input about their own experiences.   

“Archie Bunker’s Neighborhood” is sponsored by the Office of Access, Equity and Diversity and is part of Oakton’s Critical Conversations Series, which features several free events each semester in support of the college’s strategic plan and equity goals.

“These on-hand programs are important because they are cultural immersion at its finest,” says Coordinator of Student Life Krissie Harris, who is facilitating the events. “Participants will have the opportunity to learn what others go through on a daily basis. We’ll get to the heart of the matter in processing the emotions people feel when working with a team that includes different visions.”

Call 847-635-1699 for more information.