From an individual standpoint, each of us should have an understanding of our biases so we treat others based on who they are rather than on stereotypes that we carry about various groups. From an organizational viewpoint, understanding unconscious bias is critical to strategizing ways to minimize it in the workplace to ensure a fair and discriminatory work environment. When unconscious bias is reduced, it enhances the organization climate. Unconscious bias has been recognized as a form of discrimination and can therefore lead to lawsuits.
To define unconscious bias
To examine the science of unconscious bias
To list examples of unconscious bias
To explain types of unconscious bias
To explore the role of stereotypes in unconscious bias
To discuss implicit association test (IAT)
To identify steps in minimizing individual unconscious bias
To outline steps HR and management should implement to diminish unconscious bias
What?! Me Biased? No Way: Understanding, Recognizing and Interrupting Unconscious Bias at Work
Unconscious Bias in the Workplace: The Science and the Law
Unconscious Bias at Work: How Our Mind Deceives Us and What to Do About It
Unconscious Bias at Work: Examining Ourselves, Our Colleagues, Our Workplace Through Our Perceptual Lens
Unconscious Bias in the Workplace: How to Recognize It, How to Tackle It
Unconscious Bias at Work: An Invisible Presence with Potent Clout
What We Don´t Know May Hurt Us: Recognizing and Addressing Unconscious Bias in the Workplace.
We all experience some degree of unconscious bias—yes, even those of us that are well-intentioned. Unconscious bias includes the subtle associations we make towards groups of people. Stereotypes, which often operate unconsciously, are often the root of our bias. The phenomenon has been used to partially explain the racial tension in the U. S. and particularly with the police shootings of Black men. The U. S. Department of Justice (DOJ) recognizes the important role unconscious bias plays in the life of attorneys and law enforcement. As a result, beginning in 2015, the DOJ rolled out training to more than 23,000 agents in the FBI and other federal law enforcement agencies as well as 5,800 attorneys in 94 U. S. Attorney’s Offices around the country. State and local police and sheriff departments are also conducting unconscious bias training.
More and more corporations and organizations are incorporating unconscious bias training for employees recognizing the role it plays in workplace discrimination including hiring, promotion, retention, and talent management practices. Wall Street estimated that 20% of large corporations conduct unconscious bias training. It shapes the organizational climate. One of the challenges in addressing unconscious (implicit) bias is, based on the research is that people are often resistant to accepting behavior that is inconsistent with their stereotypes and belief systems, while accepting behavior that is consistent with stereotypes and their beliefs.
In spite of over 50 years of civil rights law, inequality continues based on sex, race, disability, and other protected classes, as it relates to levels of education, poverty and success; unconscious bias influences those inequalities. Courts have recognized the existence of unconscious discrimination since the earliest Title VII decisions and have specifically stated that Title VII reaches this form of discrimination.
Unconscious bias is built into our DNA—it is part of our human nature. It is automatic for humans to categorize individuals and groups to help us make sense of the world. Unconscious bias includes mental shortcuts to categorize people we are unfamiliar with into specific groups. Often those groups are labeled “good” or “bad”. The brain is hard-wired to create these groups and from an evolutionary standpoint, this hard-wiring helped us determine what was safe and what meant danger. Once assigned to the group, we attribute stereotypes that we associate with that group. Unconscious bias, implicit bias, is different from conscious bias (explicit bias) that most of us associate with overt prejudice such as racism, sexism and other forms of intolerance.
DAY 01(8:30 AM - 4:30 PM)
Registration Process - (08:00 am – 08:30 am)
09:00 am – 10:00 am Introduction to the Basics
What are you hoping to learn?
U.S. Changing demographics
What is unconscious bias?
Conscious vs unconscious (hidden) brain
10:00 am – 11:00 am Explicit vs Implicit Bias
Types of Implicit Bias
The Brain and bias
11:00 am – 12:00 pm Stereotypes, Microinequities & Bias
What the research says
Social shared cultural knowledge
12:00 pm – 01:00 pm Lunch
01:00 pm – 01:30 pm Unconscious Bias and the Law
01:30 pm – 02:00 pm Organizational Bias
Recruitment & hiring
In –group, outgroup, and “solos”
02:00 pm – 03:30 pm Combating Bias
Overcoming hidden bias
Diversity & Inclusion
03:30 pm – 04:30 pm Where Do We Go From Here?