DSW Candidate – Buford Edwards II, MSSW, MDIV, 9AM – 10:15AM


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Fat-Bias in the American Workplace

DSW Candidate – Buford Edwards II, MSSW, MDIV

Tuesday, April 23, 2024

9AM – 10:15AM Eastern Time Zone

Credit Hours: 1.0

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Fat-Bias in the American Workplace

The issue of bias and discrimination in the American workplace is an ongoing problem that has had some level of intervention and attempts to mitigate in the past and present workplace environment. Much of the work in addressing bias and discrimination has been focused on the areas of race, gender, and sexual orientation. An area of discrimination and equality that has been largely ignored however, is around fat-bias.

When discussing bias, whether it be fat bias or another form, all bias is viewed from the lens of both implicit and explicit bias. While there has been some level of explicit bias demonstrated regarding fat-bias, much of the bias experienced has mirrored the types of bias demonstrated in other areas, namely implicit bias. In this presentation, we will look further into the landscape of fat bias in the American workplace and offer solutions on how to deal with fat-bias in the workplace.

The proposed framework and intervention is centered around Trailblazer’s Young Men’s Home Inc., a new non-profit group home for teenage boys and young men between the ages of 12-18, who are currently in the custody of Kentucky’s Cabinet for Health and Family Services.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will be able to define what fat-bias is and show the ability to recognize fat-bias in the workplace.
  2. Participants will be able to give examples of implicit and explicit bias that currently exist and translate the expression of those biases to fat-bias.
  3. Participants will be able to apply the problem solution model offered in the presentation in designing or updating their own implicit and explicit bias trainings.

Delivery Method: Live Interactive Training via Zoom Video Conferencing

Credit Hours: 1.0 (ACE)

Target Audience: This conference is intended for social workers and students.


Accreditation: University of Kentucky College of Social Work, Provider # 1377, is approved as an ACE provider to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Regulatory boards are the final authority on courses accepted for continuing education credit. ACE provider approval period: 9/29/22-9/29/25. Social workers participating in this conference will receive up to 15 general continuing education credits.

Claiming CE Credit: Instructions for claiming CE credit will be disseminated at the beginning of each session.

Questions: If you have any questions regarding CE credit or to report a grievance, please contact Melissa Whitaker at melissa.whitaker@uky.edu. For technical assistance, please contact lmshelp@uky.edu.