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Equity Lens: Perception

Perception is a powerful but often overlooked aspect of DEI. Perception is the subjective interpretation of experiences, influenced by our backgrounds and cultural perspectives. It shapes how we see others, make judgments, and decide, often unconsciously. Research by psychologists Janine Willis and Alexander Todorov revealed it takes a tenth of a second to form an impression (conclusion) of a stranger from their face, and that longer exposures do not alter those impressions, but rather may boost judgments. Recognizing how impactful perception is can help against preconceived notions. If we take some time to challenge our perception, it can help promote understanding and help create a more inclusive society and foster fellow feelings. A step further would be engaging in respectful conversations. By actively listening and sharing experiences, we expand our perceptions and contribute to human understanding. 

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