Bias is prominent in our everyday lives- whether it is judging someone based on their appearance or subconsciously evaluating others based on their ethnicity, religion, or gender. Bias is also prominent In the Bullis community, where students can be judged by the clothes they wear, the cars they drive, or where they live.
The goal of the advisory meeting on Friday, February 19th was to help students acknowledge their bias and make steps to overcome it. The Hosmer advisory meeting, located in NH104, was composed of twelve students and one teacher and focused on identifying different biases in our everyday lives.
“There's a bias that Potomac kids have it easier than Prince George's county kids” stated Monique Muse (‘16) who opened up the floor for other students to share the biases they noticed.
“When there's a new student and they're black a lot of people assume they are there for an athletic scholarship rather than their academic talent,” explained Armon Mohebbi (‘17).
Other students quickly joined the conversation and created a list of biases including if someone is tall they are assumed to be a basketball player, and how the public school curriculum is seen as less challenging than a private school one. The conversation soon turned to whether a uniform helps reduce bias and whether private schools have more or less bias.
“The uniform is good,” one student exclaimed, “it puts everyone on the same level”.
“In public school the bias is worse because you have to plan your outfit for the whole year,” stated Derek Tangelo (‘17), “you can’t repeat outfits or look bad”.
The advisory meeting ended with Mrs. Hosmer encouraging students to, “Deal with your bias rather than ignoring it. Confront it”.
The advisory will not meet again to discuss bias; however, the students are certain to remember the discussion and take steps to reduce their own bias.