Addressing Unconscious Bias in Higher Education


Providing unconscious bias training to faculty and staff may reduce discrimination and 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. 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.

Speakers include:

Laura Castillo-Page, Ph.D., Acting Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer and Senior Director, Diversity Policies and Programs, Association of American Medical Colleges
Brian Gibbs, Ph.D., MPA, Vice President, Equity & Inclusion, Oregon Health and Science University
Janetta Lun, Ph.D., Senior Behavioral Scientist, National Institutes of Health
Janice Sabin, Ph.D., MSW, Research Associate Professor, University of Washington Department of Biomedical Informatics and Medical Education, and Affiliated Faculty, University of Washington School of Medicine Center for Health Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

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