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Unconscious Bias Workshop

Originally delivered Aug 10, 2022
  • Type:
    Archived Webinar
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  • Duration:
    2.5 hours

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Join our virtual presentation and panel discussion on unconscious bias and why it matters in STEM and Engineering.

Welcome & Introduction

Cynthia Murphy-Ortega, Manager of University Partnerships & Association Relations, Chevron 

Dr. Sindia Rivera-Jimenez, Lecturer, Department of Engineering Education and Affiliate Faculty, Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Florida

Join our virtual presentation and panel discussion on unconscious bias and why it matters in STEM and Engineering.


Overview of research and its applicability in workplaces, academia, and communities

  • Engineering data sets
  • Demographic trends

Define key Diversity, Equity and Inclusion terms

  • Develop deeper understanding of the intersection of diversity, equity and inclusion
  • What is Unconscious Bias?
  • How does it impact interactions in the workplace and academic environments
  • Learn techniques to avoid common pitfalls and strategies to lessen frequency

Summation and Q&A 

Panel Discussion, Courageous Conversations 

A practical discussion on diversity in professional settings featuring experiences from industry and academia.

Audience Q&A

Program Conclusion


Cynthia Murphy-Ortega

Cynthia Murphy-Ortega is currently a Manager with University Partnerships and Association Relations of Chevron Corporation. Her organization manages Chevron’s relationships with universities and professional societies and institutes throughout the world. Cynthia joined Chevron in 1991 as an engineer with the Richmond Refinery in the San Francisco Bay Area. She held various engineering, maintenance, operations, financial, business planning and process safety management positions within the refinery. Cynthia holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of California, Davis.Read more

Sindia Rivera-Jiménez

Dr. Rivera-Jiménez is currently a Lecturer at the Institute for Excellence in Engineering Education (IE3) at the University of Florida. In this role, she works towards creating educational content for the Chemical Engineering Department, community outreach activities, and First-Year design classes. Her research focuses on understanding the processes that contribute to the persistence and retention of underrepresented minorities in academic engineering programs.Read more



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