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After two black men were arrested at a Philadelphia Starbucks last month, the store chain sought advice on how to educate their associates about diversity and treatment.

So today Starbucks will close more than 8,000 stores nationwide to conduct anti-bias training.

Representatives say the training is designed to get people to open up about implicit biases and stereotypes in encountering people of color, gender or other identities.

Signage posted at several stores and listings on the company’s website indicate that many locations will close for the day at 2:30 p.m. local time, though hours vary from store to store.