Implicit Bias Training

Breaking the Bias Habit

Dr. Carmel Saad, Associate Professor of Psychology, earned her doctorate in social and personality psychology at the University of California, Davis, in 2012. She specializes in the experience of biculturalism, examining the relationship between bicultural identity integration and cultural frame switching. Additionally, she examines cultural influences on emotion, creativity, self-concept, and mental health. Her more recent work focuses on strategies to mitigate the impact of implicit bias on real-world outcomes. She has adopted an evidence-based framework to help those in law enforcement, educational settings, healthcare, for-profit and non-profit organizations become aware of the impact implicit bias can have on their work. She has consulted with various organizations, including the Santa Barbara Police Department, Santa Barbara County Probation Office, Santa Barbara Unified School District, Santa Barbara City College, Family Services Agency, Cottage Hospital, and various academic institutions and community organizations to help raise awareness about implicit bias and combat the effects it can have on decisions and behavior.


Hispanic Serving Institution Initiative 

Westmont College is working towards becoming a Hispanic Serving Institution. Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) are defined as colleges, universities, or systems/districts where total Hispanic enrollment constitutes a minimum of 25% of the total enrollment. 
Each year we see the number of students of diverse backgrounds increase at Westmont and we are encouraged by the steady increase. As of fall 2020, the percentage of Hispanic students currently enrolled at Westmont is at 21.4%. Reaching 25% and being categorized as an HSI will make Westmont eligible to receive grants and scholarships that will open up more opportunities and provide helpful resources to our Hispanic and Latinx students and their overall success.