Unconscious Bias Symposium 2017


Age and Gender Equity in the Arts (AGE) invites you to join us March 3 and 4, 2017 for the symposium Unconscious Bias: Achieving Gender Equity on the campus of Portland State University.

Presented in partnership with the PSU Office of Global Diversity and Inclusion, symposium events will explore how unconscious bias influences our behavior, and impacts our lives and the art we create. The focus of Unconscious Bias Symposium 2017 (UBS 2017) is on gender bias and the intersectionality of age, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender variance/nonconformity, and disabilities.

About Unconscious Bias: Achieving Gender Equity

Goals of Unconscious Bias Symposium 2017 are:

  • To raise AWARENESS of unconscious gender bias and its impact on the arts and culture
  • To stimulate TRANSFORMATION that leads to growth and change
  • To facilitate ACTION plans for achieving gender equity in the arts

UBS 2017 will bring together local and national artists, social justice activists, patrons of the arts, arts leaders and decision makers, educators, and students to co-create a collective movement for change. Through dialogue, presentations and performance, we will explore, question, challenge, and celebrate new pathways that give genders voice, visibility and empowerment — promoting equity for women in theatre and the performing arts across the life span.

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UBS 2017 Scholarships

AGE is committed to making Unconscious Bias Symposium 2017 accessible to  students, artists, and those who are economically underserved. We have established a UBS 2017 Scholarship Fund to offer subsidized support to those unable to pay the full registration fee to this important event.

Thanks to Our Generous Sponsors and Supporters

Jayne Lovell
Jackson Foundation
Pacific Power Foundation
Audi Beaverton
Angie’s List Foundation, a fund of Central Indiana Community Foundation (CICF)
Puffin Foundation






Cheryl’s on 12th
Betsy & Iya
La Bonita Restaurant
Nicholas Restaurant
Ninkasi Brewing Company
Spella Caffe
Stoller Family Estate
Westrey Wine Company

A special thanks to Portland State University and the Office of Global Diversity & Inclusion
for its partnership in helping make UBS 2017 possible!

Portland State University Global Diversity and Inclusion



The UBS 2017 Steering Committee and Production Team

Jane Vogel, Co-Chair; Carmen Suarez, Co-Chair; Kiera Coughlan, Lorelei Culbertson, Jane Fellows, Ozzie Gonzalez, Cheryl Green, Jenni Green, Chelsea Lowrie, Karla Mason Smith, Whitney Vogel, Gigi Williams, Jeanette Williams, Phyllis Yes, Carol Zajac