Consciously or not, all of us carry biases towards individuals and/or groups, and it goes far beyond race. Implicit, or unconscious, biases are thoughts or prejudices we have developed, of which we are unaware. In the workplace, they cause people to make decisions that exclude some people, and include others – in hiring, promotions, and project teams for example. Implicit bias can be detrimental to your business or organization, and have significant impacts on staff, volunteers, and those with whom we’re interacting. The material presented was to help you understand where implicit bias starts, and how to examine your own in order to interrupt our reliance on learned behaviors and thought patterns related to those who don’t look like us. While we are unable to link the formal meeting presentation, we encourage you to take the Harvard Implicit Association Test to gain insight on your own biases at the below link:

Harvard Implicit Association Test