The Data Innovation Project and USM’s Muskie School of Public Service present A LECTURE ON:



With Laura Ligouri, Founder & Executive Director at Mindbridge 

How do unconscious perceptions of us versus them impact our participation in a program?

Why do those in the nonprofit world need to consider implicit biases when designing programs?

What could implicit bias have to do with program evaluation?

The Intersection of Racial Equity, Nonprofit Programming & Implicit Bias

PORTLAND | November 7, 2017 | 5:00pm-6:30pm | Wishcamper Center, Room 133

Join us for a talk by Laura Ligouri, neurobiological researcher, professor and Executive Director of Mindbridge, to begin to explore these and many other questions. Laura will provide an introduction to the psychological and neurobiological foundations of implicit bias by discussing how the brain guides the way we perceive others. With a focus on social justice and racial equity efforts, this interactive lecture aims to increase awareness of how implicit bias impacts programming design, participation and effect. We will discuss evaluation and assessment pitfalls to look out for, ways in which nonprofits can begin to integrate and engage with the implicit realm, and how we can begin to account for implicit bias in our daily work.


A Q+A session will follow. Light refreshments will be served. This lecture is offered FREE and open to students, faculty, staff, students and community members through a collaboration between the Data Innovation Project and USM’s Muskie School of Public Service.


No RSVP required.


Executive Director and Founder of Mindbridge

Laura Ligouri is the Executive Director and Founder of Mindbridge, a not-for-profit organization connecting psychological and neurobiological insight to non-profit and government sponsored humanitarian efforts. Laura’s interest in the intersection of neuroscience and public engagement emerged as a coordinator and researcher at the Saxelab Social Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory at MIT, where neurobiological research often sought to understand the biological underpinnings of implicit bias, inter-ethnic social conflict, violence and conversely collective empowerment. Laura’s work on inter-ethnic social conflict sought to elucidate the bidirectional, mutual constitution of culture and neurobiological processes that give rise to bias and discrimination.

To date, Laura has written numerous scientific publications, received grants from the Open Society Foundation, and has conducted research in conjunction with the DRAPER Institute, the McGovern Institute, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), OSCE Office of Democratic Initiatives and Human Rights, and the Alliance of Civilizations Media Fund. Laura is a professor of neuroscience at Bates College and mother to a fabulous eight year old.