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Tuesday, June 15, 2021
10:00 a.m – 11:30 a.m. (PT)

Event Description

Building Inclusive Teams and Mitigating Structural Bias

Gerardo Ochoa, Ed.M., Director of Community Relations and Special Assistant to the President, Linfield University

As the demographics of our communities continue to change, organizations are striving to reflect the communities they serve. This interactive session focuses on how the implicit attitudes, behaviors, policies, and practices may influence how we engage with individuals and/or groups and make decisions in the workplace. The session provides an introductory exploration of the intersection of privilege, cognitive and structural bias, and micro and macro aggressions. The session reinforces the importance of having cultural agility and empathy and developing intentional tools and strategies for recruitment and retention.

Participants will be able to:

  • Gain an introductory understanding of the intersectionality of privilege
  • Identify the differences between unconscious and structural/institutional bias
  • Explore strategies to mitigate bias in decision-making

Please note that a recording of this webinar will be sent to registrants after the event.

About the Presenter

Gerardo Ochoa, Ed.M., Director of Community Relations and Special Assistant to the President, Linfield University

Gerardo Ochoa (He, Him, Él) is Director of Community Relations and Special Assistant to the President at Linfield University in McMinnville and Portland, OR. He has served Linfield in multiple capacities since 2004. Mr. Ochoa holds formal appointments to the President’s Diversity Advisory Committee (chair) and the College’s strategic planning and budget councils.

In addition to being a college administrator, Mr. Ochoa is a co-author and independent consultant of Path to Scholarships®, a college readiness curriculum. Since 2006, he has worked with thousands of diverse students from urban and rural high schools, community colleges, private colleges, and state universities on college access and affordability. He consults with higher education institutions on the inclusion of Latinx students, best practices to engage and serve undocumented students, and teaching strategies that draw on talents and address the needs of first generation students. He believes in the power of personal stories to build empathy, create opportunities, and influence change. As keynote speaker, his story of perseverance has reached audiences convened by organizations such as the Hispanic Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, the Northwest Public Employees Diversity Conference, the Ford Family Foundation, Portland State University, and most recently a TEDx Talk.

Mr. Ochoa carries out his life purpose of service as a board member of the Hispanic Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce. He has been an active member of the Beaverton School District’s Budget Advisory Committee, scholarship chair of the César Chávez Leadership Conference, and Scholarship Toolkit contributor with the National Scholarship Providers Association. He is co-founder of Mente, a Latino male higher education conference and emerging mentoring program.

Mr. Ochoa holds an Education Master from Harvard University and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and minor in Latin American History from the University of Oregon. He is an American Leadership Forum Fellow and an alumni of the Senior Leadership Academy sponsored by the Council of Independent Colleges and the American Academic Leadership Institute. He is a contributing author for Latinx/a/os in Higher Education and a guest education writer for the Somos Timbers Magazine. Gerardo is a proud father, brother, son, husband, and abuelo. He lives with his family in a four generation home, and their five-pound yorkie named Mambo.


Thank You Funders and Supporters

Thank you to the following FUNDERS and SPONSORS who are supporting NAO’s online events and communications during these challenging times. Their support is vital in helping NAO to bring much-needed resources and information to Oregon’s nonprofits – thank you.

Funders: Meyer Memorial Trust, The Ford Family Foundation, M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust, The Collins Foundation, Oregon Community Foundation, The Kinsman Foundation, First Interstate BancSystem Foundation, The Carpenter Foundation, and Gordon Elwood Foundation
Friend Plus Partner Sponsor: Columbia Bank and Heritage Bank
Friend Plus Sponsors: Miller Nash Graham & Dunn LLP, McDonald Jacobs, Bliss Sequoia Insurance & Risk Advisors, CFO Selections and The Standard
Friend Sponsor: Nonprofit Professionals Now, Portland General Electric and Impact Benefits & Retirement


$15 for NAO Members
$30 for Non-Members

A link to access this webinar will be provided in registration confirmation e-mail and e-mail reminder prior to event date.

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June 15th, 2021 10:00 AM through 11:30 AM
Online Event
Event Fee
Price $ 30.00
Event Particulars
City Online learning
NAO Event? Yes
Topic Advocacy and Public Policy, Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion
Event Region Central Oregon, Eastern Oregon, Metropolitan Portland, North Coast, Northern Willamette Valley, South Coast, Southern Oregon, Southern Willamette Valley
Programmatic Approach Capacity Builiding, Principles & Practices