Responding to Bias


March 20, 2023    
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
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Bias is a preference for or against something and is often harmless. But bias can take the form of hurtful comments and actions that can result in not just hurt feelings but exclusion and discrimination. At some point, we all have been on the receiving and giving end of unintentional behaviors that often leave us and others stunned or at a loss for words. In this session we’ll explore strategies for responding to bias. We’ll discuss how to best respond when the bias is personal and relates to our own identities. We’ll cover how to deliver feedback and education about the harmful impact of bias. Last, we’ll practice how to interrupt and stop bias from being repeated.

Learning Outcomes:

  • To move beyond a stunned reaction and shift into a thoughtful response to bias
  • To increase capacity, confidence and willingness to speak up for ourselves and others in the face of bias
  • To know how to disrupt and dismantle bias in our COAs

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