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Implicit Bias Awareness

Biases start early. In one famous study, when children are asked to draw a scientist, about half of kindergarteners will draw a male scientist and half will draw a female scientist. By third grade, about 75 percent will draw a male scientist. And just about everyone is prone to biases, whether you’re male or female, white or non-white, scientist or not.

Hear more about how these biases manifest in the workplace and what you might be able to do about them. In this video Caroline Simard, Research Director at Stanford’s Clayman Institute for Gender Research, discusses implicit bias and stereotypes in science with Jeff Miller, Berkeley Lab’s Head of Public Affairs.

Test your own implicit biases by taking the Harvard Implicit Association Test.

Unconscious-BiasUC Managing Implicit Bias Series

The UC Managing Implicit Bias Series is a six-course online training series designed to increase awareness of implicit bias and reduce its impact at the University. The series reinforces the UC diversity, equity, and inclusion values that enable the University to attract and retain a top talent workforce, and it further supports the UC commitment to developing effective leaders and managers of people. It is intended to supplement existing location programs and resources.

Employees may complete individual courses, or the entire series. Those who complete all six online courses will receive the UC Systemwide HR Managing Implicit Bias Certificate. The series will also be added as a core requirement to the existing UC Systemwide People Management Series and Certificate. As a UC People Manager, being aware of implicit bias and how it impacts the way we work and interact with others is especially important.

The series contains the following six self-paced, online interactive courses. Each course is 15 to 20 minutes in length.

The courses are as follows:

  1. What is implicit bias? Describe how the brain uses shortcuts and schema to process stimuli. Explain how attitudes, stereotypes and biases form. Differentiate between explicit and implicit biases.
  2. The impact of implicit bias. Describe ways in which implicit bias can affect our actions.
  3. Managing the influence of implicit bias: Awareness. Assess your implicit bias. Recognize situations wherein you are more prone to the influence of bias. Recognize external factors that make you more prone to the influence of bias. Evaluate whether you are being influenced by bias. Understanding awareness and humility.
  4. Common forms of bias. Understand the common forms of bias.
  5. Managing the influence of implicit bias: Mindfulness and conscious de-biasing. Learn ways to minimize the influence of implicit bias.
  6. Managing implicit bias in the hiring process. Decouple the design procedures/structures that protect against biases by diversifying search committees, gaining more ideas, perspective, awareness, sensitivity and tapping into diverse networks.

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