STOP, LOOK, & LISTEN... knowing (and re-knowing) Yourself

Dates: March 13, 2024

Meets: W from 8:45 AM to 12 N

Location: GRAND RAPIDS - BIK 230-235

COURSE: $49.00

Sorry, we are no longer accepting registrations for this course. Please contact our office to find out if it will be rescheduled, or if alternative classes are available.


Email Information to Friend Print

Through awareness, interaction, and reflection participants will learn to assess, shape, and gather information about self and others that will lead to ensuring an empathetic and understanding workplace. Participants will engage in interactive exercises and discussion employing anti-racism and implicit bias systems in order to gain greater understanding of self and others. Such training is directed toward better and more effective employees. This training will cover forms of bias and microagressions that can assist employees to recognize and understand that biases may lead to poor decision-making in the workplace or when engaging with clients.

Research confirms that everyone has unconscious biases, which if left unchecked, can lead to unfair or discriminatory behavior with negative consequences for others. This training requires a "willingness to cross the border from what we know to what we need to know, and to open ourselves to the limitations of our own perspectives and the need for those of others."


  1. Recognize that we are all biased, conscious and unconscious
  2. Explain how poverty of the mind may be more damaging than poverty of the pocket
  3. Understand how systemic discrimination is matched by systemic privilege which results in suppression of knowledge about systemic oppression and its impact on human behavior


SWCE Policies

Payment & Registration

  • Payment is due upon registration. If a participant registers for a course and has not paid the registration fee, we will send a reminder email to pay the fee. If there is no response and the fee has not been paid within 7 days, the participant will be dropped from the course and may re-register and pay if space is available.
    This policy is to ensure equitable access to courses that have high demand and long waitlists.
  • Registration Deadline: Three days prior to the program by 5pm.
  • Waitlist Policy: Our social work programs, excluding the DHHS programs, may fill up due to interest in the content. If the course becomes full, we will have a limited wait list. Those who get on a wait list for a course, you will be notified as soon as possible if a seat becomes available and payment must be made upon enrollment. When the typical registration period ends two days prior to the begin date, all those on the list will be notified we can no longer accept people into the class.


  • Participants may cancel their registration at any time by calling our office at 616-331-7180 or emailing Participants seeking a refund must cancel their registration at least 48 hours prior to the program. You may either receive a full refund back on your card, or we can place a credit on your account for a future program. Refund requests received within 48 hours of the program are not eligible for a refund. If GVSU needs to cancel the event, participants will receive a full refund.

Social Work Continuing Education Credits:

  • Participants seeking Social Work Continuing Education credits will need to arrive by the start time of the program, and must stay until the end. Partial credit will not be awarded.
  • Participants must complete the post-event evaluation to receive SWCE credit.
  • Certificates will be emailed to participants 1-2 business days after the program. Participants who have not received their certificate (and it is not in their spam/junk folder) should email
  • Grand Valley State University School of Social Work, an accredited social work education program, is authorized by Administrative Rule 338.2965 to award Michigan social work continuing education contact hours.
Fee: $49.00

Fee Breakdown

FeeCOURSE$ 49.00
Fee-AlternateGVSU Field Education Supervisor$ 36.00
Fee-AlternateGVSU Faculty/Staff$ 15.00
Fee-AlternateDHHS Discount$ 0.00


A parking pass will be emailed to you two days prior to the event. Please see the link below for maps to Grand Valley State University locations:

Building Address:
Bicycle Factory
201 Front Ave. SW
Grand Rapids, MI 49504

Lois S. Owens

Lois Smith-Owens served as Director of Admissions and Assistant Professor at the School of Social Work at Grand Valley State University from 1998 to 2015. Past positions have been: Director of the Moratorium on Prison Construction, Washington, D. C: Director of Educational Opportunity Program and as faculty at State University of New York at Cobleskill. Director of the William Monroe Trotter House at University of Michigan, Director of Luther Jackson Black Student Center at the University of Virginia. Additionally Smith-Owens has been certified as a Diversity and Cultural Competency/Awareness Trainer since 1991. She has trained at Cornell University, The National Black Police Association (NBPA), American Association Of Higher Education Conference (AAHE) The Lilly Conferences, The National Association of Black Professional Women (NABP) Recent training in the state of Michigan are: Kentwood Public Schools, Grand Rapids, Michigan, Kent County Juvenile Detentions Center; GVSU Police Academy, World Visions, United Way and Arbor Circle Corporation.

Publications: THINK ABOUT PRISONS, Walker Press, (1994) CONTRIBUTIONS, Madhubuti, (1994) Third World Press and BLACK WOMEN WHICH WAY (1989) Third World Press. Contributing Author to FUNDAMENTALS OF SUBSTANCE ABUSE (2003) Wadsworth Publishing.