From Welcoming to Belonging: Implicit Bias for Organizations


May 15, 2019
9:00am - 3:30pm


Northeastern University, John D. O’Bryant African American Institute Library
40 Leon Street
Boston, MA 02115


Malia Lazu, The Urban Labs

Registration for this event is closed. Please contact Fehintola Abioye ( with any questions.

Diversity and inclusion have long been a focus for the Institute and The Urban Labs hopes to help the Institute deep their program and impact. The Urban Labs is combining the Discover Bias and Bias to Belonging training to allow attendees to identify bias and learn how to apply the belonging framework. The Urban Labs has a goal of helping board members, selected managers, and other staff explore how belonging framework can help deepen their diversity and inclusion efforts and goals. The training will start with Discover Bias and lead into Bias to Belonging:

Discover Bias Training: The deeper people understand bias the more confidence they will have while participating in any diversity and inclusion efforts. Discover Bias is focused on creating a shared understanding of bias and how to think about diversity strategy.


  • Create shared language around bias
  • Attendees will be able to identify bias and articulate solutions
  • Experience calling in rather than calling out when bias arrives
  • Help participants identify the ROI for diversity and inclusion

Bias to Belonging Training: The belonging framework introduces the idea of the quality of the relationship with others and offers a holistic approach to achieving diversity and inclusion goals. From Bias to Belonging is a 2-4 hour training focused on exploring how to shift a culture to expand the idea of who is included.


  • Understand the nuance of belonging
  • Attendees will be able to identify ways the company culture can be more open.
  • Help participants identify how to expand networks in an authentic way
  • Feel more confident when meeting new people

Testimony: "In today’s charged political and social environment, conversations about bias can get touchy pretty fast. Malia Lazu has an extraordinary capacity to bring humor, playfulness and a whole lot of heart into every room. Which means the rest of us get to drop our guard, lighten up and really learn together. My organization is stronger, smarter and kinder because of the time we spent with her.” — Deborah Frieze, President, Boston Impact Initiative

Each Registration for this training includes 2 staff members. When you add a registration, you'll be able to input the information of 2 attendees.

We request that organizations send staff in pairs to this training to gain the most out of the material. If you do not think you'll be able to go in a pair, please email Fehintola Abioye at  

Registration deadline: 

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Registration fee: 

Regular Pair: $300; MACDC Member Pair: $150

Type of event: 

MKI Training

Learning area: 

Racial Equity