Breaking Down Barriers Through Awareness: Unconscious Bias
We all have prejudices we are not even aware we have. Buried prejudice and biases are surprisingly influential underpinnings to all the decisions we make, affecting our feelings and consequently actions. The phenomenon is called unconscious bias. The concept of unconscious bias or “hidden bias” has come into the forefront because the dynamics of diversity are changing.
Primarily, it is very important to understand biases in order to overcome them. Your willingness to examine the filters through which you view and interpret yourselves and others is an important step in understanding the roots of stereotypes and prejudice in our society and in our workplaces. This program will help you understand and challenge unconscious bias. We will also discuss intervention strategies to mitigate unconscious bias.
• Understand the purpose of bias.
• Define the term bias as it pertains to diversity.
• Raise awareness of the research behind unconscious bias.
• Understand the filters through which you view and interpret yourselves and others.
• Appreciate how unconscious bias can adversely affect judgment and decision making.
• Identify steps for controlling biases in your thinking.
Prerequisite: Complete Harvard’s online Implicit Bias test(s).