March 15, 2017

In this article about creating a better environment for Chesapeake Bay conservation efforts, Dr. Sacoby Wilson, assistant professor at the Maryland Institute for Applied Environmental Health and an authority on environmental justice, says that the influence of unconscious bias means pathways are most frequently formed among similar groups of people. Once those connections are established, organizations continue to reach out only to each other for everything from projects to staff vacancies. “You only know what you know,” he explained. “You do business with what you’re comfortable with.” When that familiarity does not exist at the outset, connections are difficult to form and maintain.

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