Unconscious bias, or implicit bias, is built in our DNA and is a part of our human nature. Humans automatically categorize individuals and groups, which help us make sense of the world. Unconscious bias includes mental shortcuts that categorize people we are unfamiliar with into specific groups. These groups are often labeled “good” or “bad”. Our brain is hard-wired to create groups and from an evolutionary standpoint, this hard-wiring has helped us in determining what was safe and what meant danger.
Once assigned to the group, we attribute stereotypes that we associate with that group.Unconscious bias, implicit bias, is different from conscious bias (explicit bias) that most of us associate with overt prejudice such as racism, sexism and other forms of intolerance. Everyone experiences some degree of unconscious bias—yes, even those of us who are well-intentioned.
Attend this Live Webinar by expert speaker Dr. Susan Strauss to understand unconscious bias, which includes the subtle associations that we make towards groups of people. Unconsciously operating stereotypes is often the root of our bias. This phenomenon has been used to partially explain the racial tension in the U. S. and particularly with the police shootings of Black men. The U. S. Department of Justice (DOJ) recognizes that unconscious bias plays an important role in the lives of attorneys and law enforcement people. As a result, beginning this year, the DOJ will be rolling out training to more than 23,000 agents in the FBI and other federal law enforcement agencies, as well as 5,800 attorneys in 94 U. S. Attorney’s Offices around the country. State and local police and sheriff departments are also conducting unconscious bias training.
More and more corporations and organizations are incorporating unconscious bias training for employees recognizing the role it plays in workplace discrimination including hiring, promotion, retention, and talent management practices. Wall Street has estimated that 20% of large corporations conduct unconscious bias training. It shapes the organizational climate. One of the challenges in addressing implicit bias is, based on the research; people are often resistant to accepting behavior that is inconsistent with their stereotypes, while accepting behavior that is consistent with stereotypes.
Despite of over 50 years of civil rights law, inequality has continued based on race, sex, disability, and other protected classes, as it relates to the levels of poverty, education, and success. Unconscious bias influences those inequalities. Since the earliest Title VII decisions, courts too, have recognized the existence of unconscious bias, and have stated specifically that Title VII reaches this form of discrimination.
Who Should Attend
Dr. Susan Strauss Ed.D.
Susan Strauss Ed.D. is an international speaker, trainer, consultant and recognized expert on harassment. She also conducts harassment and workplace bullying investigations and functions as a consultant to attorneys as well as an expert witness in harassment lawsuits. Her clients are from education, business, healthcar... More info