This three-hour workshop introduces faculty to the concepts of unconscious biases and assumptions about gender by treating the application of such biases as a “habit.” Faculty will uncover their own biases through use of an Implicit Association Test, will discover the underlying concepts and language used in the psychological and social psychological literature to describe such processes, and will be provided with proven strategies for reducing the application of these biases. For more information about the workshop, email us.
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WISELI is available to conduct a Breaking the Bias Habit® workshop to your department or unit of 10 attendees or more on the UW–Madison campus. This workshop is available to your unit at no charge, but we do ask that you coordinate registration, reserve the room, and provide light refreshments to your attendees. Our staff will provide guidance and support to you during the planning process. If you are not at UW–Madison and are interested in a workshop, please contact us or see this page.
Relevant Publications and Media Coverage
In 2015, Devine partnered with Molly Carnes, the director of the UW’s Center for Women’s Health Research, to examine, and potentially reduce, gender bias in departmental units covering all fields of science, engineering, and medicine …
The Gender Action Portal at Harvard University has selected the Devine et al. 2017 paper “A gender bias habit-breaking intervention led to increased hiring of female faculty in STEMM departments” in their database. The Women …
The Gender Action Portal at Harvard University has selected the Carnes et al. 2015 paper “The Effect of an Intervention to Break the Gender Bias Habit for Faculty at One Institution: A Cluster Randomized, Controlled …
A Gender Bias Habit-Breaking Intervention Led to Increased Hiring of Female Faculty in STEMM Departments
Devine, Patricia G.; Patrick S. Forscher; William T. L. Cox; Anna Kaatz; Jennifer Sheridan; and Molly Carnes. 2017. “A Gender Bias Habit-Breaking Intervention Led to Increased Hiring of Female Faculty in STEMM Departments.” Journal of Experimental Social Psychology. 73(Nov): 211-215.
Isaac, Carol; Linda Baier Manwell; Patricia G. Devine; Cecilia Ford; Jennifer T. Sheridan; and Molly Carnes. 2016. “Difficult Dialogues: Faculty Responses to a Gender Bias Literacy Training Program.” The Qualitative Report. 21(7):1243-1265.
Carnes, Molly; Patricia G. Devine; Linda Baier Manwell; Angela Byars-Winston; Eve Fine; Cecilia E. Ford; Patrick Forscher; Carol Isaac; Anna Kaatz; Wairimu Magua; Mari Palta; and Jennifer Sheridan. 2015. “Effect of an Intervention to Break the Gender Bias Habit: A Cluster Randomized, Controlled Trial.” Academic Medicine. 90(2): 221-230.
Carnes, Molly; Patricia Devine; Carol Isaac; Linda Baier Manwell; Cecilia Ford; Angela Byars-Winston; Eve Fine; David Burke; and Jennifer Sheridan. 2012. “Promoting Institutional Change Through Bias Literacy.” Journal of Diversity in Higher Education. 5(2): 63-77. PMID: 22822416. PMCID: PMC3399596.
Carnes, Molly; Jo Handelsman; and Jennifer Sheridan. 2005. “Diversity in Academic Medicine: The Stages of Change Model.” Journal of Women’s Health. 14(6):471-475.
Forscher, Patrick. (2015). “The Individually-Targeted Habit-Breaking Intervention and Group-Level Change.” Doctoral Dissertation: University of Wisconsin-Madison.
“Deeply entrenched gender bias in academic medicine is treatable.” February 27, 2018. Ted Bosworth. Clinical Psychiatry News.
“New Initiatives Offer Jobs, Funding to Women Only.” Ashley Yeager. The Scientist. January 5, 2018.
“Yes, You Have Implicit Biases, Too.” David Gooblar. The Chronicle of Higher Education. November 19, 2017.
“These female engineers increased their job offers by 47% in only 2 hours.” Heidi Moore. Ladders. July 20, 2017.
“Could a Two-Hour Workshop Help Get More Women Hired in STEM?” Jesse Singal. The Cut. July 12, 2017.
“Is this how discrimination ends?” Jessica Nordell. The Atlantic. May 7, 2017.
"Gender bias: how to break the habit.” Advances & Insights: the NIH Women in Science Newsletter. 9(6): November/December 2016.
“Stop Bias and Start Change in STEM.” Beth Mitchneck. The Hill/Congress Blog. May 6, 2016.
Feature Articles: The Effect of an Intervention to Break the Gender Bias Habit for Faculty at One Institution: A Cluster Randomized, Controlled Trial
“Feature Articles: The Effect of an Intervention to Break the Gender Bias Habit for Faculty at One Institution: A Cluster Randomized, Controlled Trial.” NIH Updates on Women in Science Newsletter. Volume 8, Issue 1, January 2015.