Course Title: Implicit Bias and Cultural Awareness
Presented By: Professor Robert O’Connor and MN Licensed Police Officer Scott Marks
Instructor qualifications showing proof of professionally recognized training and experience in the assigned subject area; and, instructor training or specialized academic preparation to teach in the assigned subject area
Professor Robert O’Connor has taught for over seventeen years the subject matter content that he will be prepared to share with us. He has served as a content expert at his university as the presidential appointee to the university’s diversity committee, leader and past co-chair of the Anti-Racism Leadership Team, and co-author of the first Metropolitan State University Climate Report on Race. Professor O’Connor has a Masters in Social Work degree with an emphasis on program development and policy administration from a social justice framed program at Augsburg University in Minneapolis, MN. He is a certified IDI (Intercultural Development Inventory) Administrator, and a well-known subject matter leader and Anti-Racism Legacy Award recipient. He has consulted and trained for the federal government as a trainer and technical assistant consultant as well as a multiyear presenter at the Federal Executive Board’s Diversity Day Conference.
Scott Marks has been a licensed police officer in the state of Minnesota for nineteen years. Throughout his career he has held the positions of School Resource Officer, Explorer Advisor, and currently serves as Community Engagement Officer, Crisis Negotiator, Chaplain Advisor, and a member of the city’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee. In 2016 he received the department Officer of the Year Award. Scott is a Past President of the Minnesota Juvenile Officers Board of Directors, and currently serves on the Board of Directors for Relate Counseling. For over two years he has worked with Minnesota Crisis Intervention Team as a presenter and coach, and developed new training material on cultural awareness. His education includes an A.S. in Law Enforcement; a Bachelor of Social Work from Metropolitan State University, a program designed from a multi-cultural perspective; and currently attends the Catholic University of America’s Masters of Social Work program with a clinical focus providing individual and couples counseling services for law enforcement officers. He has completed extensive training and research on the subjects of Implicit Bias, Cultural Awareness, Cognitive Theory, Behavioral Theory, and Social Learning Theory.