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Addressing Implicit Bias in the Academy

Workshop

Addressing Implicit Bias in the Academy
Workshop
Location: ENR2 S217
Presenter: Dr. Jeff Stone, University of Arizona, Psychology
Numerous studies have shown that even people who are highly committed to being fair and just can unknowingly hold and communicate biased attitudes and beliefs towards others. Unconscious or "implicit" forms of bias can seep into our judgments of people who are different from us when we review job applications, interact with colleagues and students, or comment on student work.  When we interact with out-group members, implicit bias can subtly alter our facial expressions, posture, and speech patterns in ways that can convey discomfort or disinterest. Learning how to reduce implicit bias and its effects is an important step toward improving climate, equity and intergroup relations in higher education. 

 


Dr. Jeff Stone, Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry at the University of Arizona, is a leading researcher in the study of intergroup bias.  Since 2012, Dr. Stone and his colleagues have developed and tested techniques for addressing implicit bias in the domains of health care and higher education.  The implicit bias workshops focus on helping audience members to (1) understand the nature of implicit bias, (2) see how it influences thought and behavior, and (3) develop skills to control the use and expression of implicit bias.
 
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