"Unconscious bias (or implicit bias) is often defined as prejudice or unsupported judgments in favor of or against one thing, person, or group as compared to another, in a way that is usually considered unfair. Many researchers suggest that unconscious bias occurs automatically as the brain makes quick judgments based on past experiences and background. As a result of unconscious biases, certain people benefit and other people are penalized. In contrast, deliberate prejudices are defined as conscious bias (or explicit bias). Although we all have biases, many unconscious biases tend to be exhibited toward minority groups based on factors such as class, gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, nationality, religious beliefs, age, disability and more (Unconscious bias, n.d., para. 17).
Unconscious bias: Foundational definition. (n.d.) Equity, Diversity, Inclusion. Vanderbilt University. https://www.vanderbilt.edu/diversity/unconscious-bias/
Strategies to Mitigate Unconscious Bias
Harvard University's Project Implicit is a non-profit organization and international collaboration between researchers who are interested in implicit social cognition - thoughts and feelings outside of conscious awareness and control. The goal of the organization is to educate the public about hidden biases and to provide a “virtual laboratory” for collecting data on the Internet.
Take an implicit bias test to discover your implicit biases.
Use this slide deck and the Project Implicit resources to learn more about individual implicit bias.
One College One Book Selection 2020
Blindspot: Hidden Biases in Good People
by Anthony Greenwald and Mahzarin Banaji
Access this ebook in Cloud Library
"Intersectionality refers to the ways race, class, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, ability, status and other markers of differences intersect to inform individual realities and lived experiences. Intersectionality recognizes that individuals and groups are shaped by multiple and intersecting identities. These identities often inform an individual’s world view, perspective and relationship to others in society" (Mason, C. N., n.d., p.5).
Mason, C. N. (n.d.). Leading at the intersections: An introduction to the intersectional approach model for policy and social change. Women of Color Policy Network.
Selections from the Online Library: Intersectionality
Resources: Inclusion in the Workplace
Web Resources: Inclusive Education
Diversity and Inclusion: Assessments
The resources linked below provide an opportunity for participants to self-assess and begin a dialog about inclusion in their educational institution.
Resources from the Online Library: Active Listening