DEI Foundations: Implicit Bias in Higher Education

Last updated July 22, 2021

DEI Foundations: Implicit Bias in Higher Education

Last updated July 22, 2021

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Learn about your implicit biases that affect your understanding, actions, and decisions about other people.

Overview

Implicit bias refers to the attitudes or stereotypes that affect our understanding, actions, and decisions in an unconscious manner. It encompasses both favorable and unfavorable assessments, which are activated involuntarily and operate on autopilot. We all have implicit biases that show up every day in our actions and interactions with others. A great start to understanding how implicit bias shows up in your life is through self-reflection, which will help you move towards deeply considering your own preferences to people.   

This course will take a foundational approach to help you: 

  • Define implicit bias and understand the research behind implicit bias, 
  • Understand how implicit bias shows up in the context of higher education,  
  • Hear examples of implicit bias, 
  • Learn how to respond to someone’s implicit bias, and 
  • Identify multiple techniques to increase awareness and interpret your own implicit biases. 

This course is designed for anyone interested in learning about implicit bias within a higher education setting. This course is most beneficial to anyone unfamiliar with implicit bias or interested in exploring the application of implicit bias within the context of higher education. 

This course is part of our foundational Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion series––an intentional collection of personal development and skill building trainings––which provide education and awareness-building, self-reflection, and next steps.