It’s important to become aware of the concept of 'unconscious bias'. The phrase 'unconscious bias' refers to our tendency to make automatic assumptions about others based on our own backgrounds and experiences. If not acknowledged, unconscious bias may easily lead to unintended discrimination which can cause racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic inequalities. Biases affect us even when we have good intentions, especially when making decisions regarding other people. This is a compelling ~2 minute video by The Royal Society which captures the essence of bias in academia.
Reflecting on our own thoughts and actions in our everyday life is important. Can you recognise your own biased thinking patterns? To support reflection, you can use the Implicit Association Test by Harvard University. The IAT test measures and breaks down the individual associations we make between people and their identities, helping us to become better acquainted with the stereotypes we hold as implicit.
Unconscious biases can prevent organizations from being diverse, equitable and inclusive. We are offering eLearning to Aalto personnel for Understanding and Tackling Unconscious Bias. Course requires signing in to Workday Learning.
Bias may also lead to microaggressions. To better understand how other experiences may differ from your, see the video on youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hDd3bzA7450
Unconscious biases can prevent organizations from being diverse, equitable and inclusive. The aims of this course are:
To build participants’ awareness of what unconscious biases are, and how and why they are formed
To support participants in recognizing the impact unconscious biases have on their own behaviours and in their workplaces
To enable participants to take action to prevent the impact of unconscious biases
Pritlove, Juando-Prats, Ala-Leppilampi, Parsons, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly in Implicit Bias, Lancet, 373(110171), 2019
Corinne A. Moss-Racusin, John F. Dovidio, Victoria L. Brescoll, Mark J.Graham, Jo Handelsman, Faculty's subtle gender biases favor male students, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 109 (41),16395-16396, 2012