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In this facilitated DEI workshop on Unconscious Bias, you will have an opportunity to build awareness around your own biases in addition to addressing two fundamental questions about the topic – (1) What is Bias and (2) Why does it matter?
Bias is our natural tendency to favor one thing over another. Building awareness around our own biases can help us to understand how biases (unconscious or conscious) influence our opinions toward or against people, places, things, and ideas. In doing so, we build capacities to examine our own blind spots and how bias can get in the way of our own personal goals and intentions.
Finally, the workshop will conclude by addressing the topic of privilege and how checking our own privilege at the door is a prerequisite to recognizing our blind spots and working past our biases in thoughtful ways.
As part of this workshop experience, participants will also have an opportunity to take the Implicit Association Test (IAT) (free) to examine their different biases in relation to over a dozen different forms of bias involving race, skin tone, weight, age, and disability. The assessment is completely anonymous and is administered by Harvard University.
Why End with the Topic of Privilege When Discussing Unconscious Bias?
Conversations about privilege often make people uncomfortable. In fact, conversations about privilege can make those who have some feel morally responsible for inequalities in the world, or seem to call into question their accomplishments in life, attributing them to unchosen identities instead of hard work. However, learning to see the privilege you have is an essential step in building relationships across difference and pushing past our biases about others .
In this way, learning about our biases need to go hand in hand with first acknowledging our privilege and then examining ways to leverage privilege to elevate marginalized voices.
During this workshop, we will:
After the workshop, you will:
 Jana, T., & Freeman, M. (. (2016). Overcoming bias: building authentic relationships across differences. First Edition. Oakland, CA: Berrett-Koehler Publishers.