Addressing Unconscious Bias in Higher Education


Providing unconscious bias training to faculty and staff may reduce discrimination and mitigate the impact of bias at the university. Although evidence-based training models exist, effective implementation of those models is critical. Some universities have found that mandatory training can incite backlash, while voluntary training is unlikely to reach those who need it most. In addition, not all biases can be addressed at once; separate trainings are needed for racial bias, gender bias, disability bias, etc.

This webinar, co-hosted by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), the Coalition of Urban Serving Universities (USU), and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU), is part of a series intended to stimulate discussion and engage university leaders around topics from the recent report Increasing Diversity in the Biomedical Research Workforce: Actions for Improving Evidence, supported by the National Institutes of Health. During this webinar, experts on unconscious bias training will share evidence from their research, describe effective models, and discuss challenges for implementation. The speakers will also discuss remaining research gaps that limit the applicability of unconscious bias interventions across different contexts (e.g., admissions) and next steps for expanding the use of this promising practice.

The webinar will be held on Friday, January 13, 2017, 12:00-1:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Click here to register.

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Who should attend this webinar? Anyone interested in exploring unconscious/implicit bias training, particularly as a strategy to diversify the STEM and biomedical science workforce. Interested individuals may include university leaders and administrators, deans, chairs of faculty search committees and admissions committees, diversity professionals, and faculty.

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