Breaking the Bias Habit®

A Virtual Workshop to Promote a Diverse, Welcoming, and Inclusive Campus

This workshop introduces faculty and staff to the concepts of implicit or unconscious biases and assumptions about diverse groups of people by treating the application of such biases as a “habit,” with a focus on race, ethnicity, and gender. Participants will uncover their own biases, discover the underlying concepts and language used in the psychological and social psychological literature to describe such processes, participate in interactive discussions about the potential influence of implicit or unconscious bias in their department/unit, and learn evidence-based strategies for reducing the application of these biases.

The workshop is based upon our previous workshop which was the first randomized-controlled study of an intervention that aimed to reduce the expression of bias in academic settings. Departments that participated in the workshop showed improvements in department climate and increased diversity in hiring.

If you are not at UW–Madison and are interested in a workshop, please see this page.

Workshops for UW-Madison Faculty & Staff

As part of our commitment to fostering a more inclusive campus, WISELI has converted its in-person Breaking the Bias Habit Workshop into several virtual formats, to meet the needs of faculty and staff at UW‍–Madison:  as a single virtual “retreat” or as a series of multiple modules.

Breaking the Bias Habit -- Virtual "Retreat"

We will provide a 4-hour online experience to a department or unit that covers all the topics previously included in our in-person workshop. (Yes, there will be breaks!) These topics include:

  • Understanding implicit bias
  • Implicit bias in evaluation processes
  • Implicit bias in teaching
  • Implicit bias in interactions/microaggressions

Departments/units can request this version and often do so as part of a “retreat.”

We require a minimum of 25 attendees for this session. If your unit has less than 25 people, please see the modular options below.

Contact us to schedule a workshop

Breaking the Bias Habit -- Multiple Modules

We provide the content of our workshop into several modules, that can be taken as follows:

Introduction to Implicit Bias

This 90-minute module is a basic primer on the concept of implicit/unconscious bias.  It explains what implicit bias is, provides key definitions of some bias concepts, discusses how these forms of implicit bias can impact academic units, and provides several evidence-based strategies for minimizing the influence of implicit biases.

  • Individual faculty/staff at UW–Madison can sign up for a campus-wide session.  Scheduling and registration information is listed below.
  • A department/unit can request this introductory session and participate in the session together.  We require a minimum of 15 attendees in a department/unit to participate in order to deliver this Introductory workshop at the department/unit level.

Supplementary Modules

We encourage individuals and departments/units to supplement their participation in the Introductory “Breaking the Bias Habit” session by engaging in at least one of the additional modules described below.  If you request one of these modules for your department/unit, we ask that at least 80% of your unit has participated in the Introductory session before we arrange a supplementary module. We can ONLY offer the “Implicit Bias in Evaluation Processes” module at the department/unit level.

  • Implicit Bias in Evaluation Processes. This 1-hour module is designed for a unit or department to take together.  We’ll use the concepts defined in the Introductory module to dig deeper into how implicit bias might play out in specific evaluation processes within a given unit (e.g., student admissions, faculty/staff promotions, awards/honors, hiring).
  • Implicit Bias in Teaching. This 1-hour module explores the concepts of stereotype priming and stereotype threat, and discusses how these issues arise in the teaching mission of the university.
  • Microaggressions.  This 1-hour module explores the concept of microaggressions as interpersonal interactions that are affected by the stereotype-based implicit biases we all hold.  We discuss common microaggressions on our campus, and suggest strategies individuals can use to address them.

Contact us to schedule an introductory session for your department/unit
or
REGISTER HERE for a campus-wide introductory sessions (please register at least one week prior to the scheduled date):

  • Thursday, November 12, 10:00-11:30am
  • Tuesday, November 17, 1:00-2:30pm
  • Wednesday, December 2, 1:00-2:30pm
  • Thursday, December 17, 1:00-2:30pm
  • Wednesday, January 13, 2:00-2:30pm
  • Thursday, February 4, 10:00-11:30am
  • Wednesday, March 10, 12:00-1:30pm
  • Thursday, April 8, 10:00am-11:30am

Contact us to schedule one or more supplementary modules for your department/unit
or
REGISTER HERE for one of the campus-wide supplementary modules (please register at least one week prior to the scheduled date):
Prerequisite: Participation in the introductory session.

Implicit Bias in Teaching

  • Friday, November 20, 12:00-1:00pm
  • Thursday, December 10, 12:00-1:oopm
  • Tuesday, January 26, 12:00-1:00pm
  • Thursday, February 10, 12:00-1:00pm
  • Thursday, March 18, 12:00-1:00pm
  • Tuesday, April 13, 12:00-1:00pm

Implicit Bias in Interactions/Microaggressions

  • Monday, November 23, 12:00-1:00pm
  • Friday, December 18, 12:00-1:00pm
  • Friday, January 29, 12:00-1:00pm
  • Wednesday, February 24, 12:00-1:00pm
  • Wednesday, March 24, 12:00-1:00pm
  • Wednesday, April 21, 12:00-1:00pm

 

 

 

 

 

Breaking the Bias Habit -- Multiple Modules

We provide the content of our workshop into several modules, that can be taken as follows:

Introduction to Implicit Bias

This 90-minute module is a basic primer on the concept of implicit/unconscious bias.  It explains what implicit bias is, provides key definitions of some bias concepts, discusses how these forms of implicit bias can impact academic units, and provides several evidence-based strategies for minimizing the influence of implicit biases.

  • Individual faculty/staff at UW–Madison can sign up for a campus-wide session.  Scheduling and registration information is listed below.
  • A department/unit can request this introductory session and participate in the session together.  We encourage departments/units to supplement their participation in this introductory session by engaging in at least one of the additional modules described below.
    We require a minimum of 15 attendees in a department/unit to participate in order to deliver this Introductory workshop at the department/unit level.

    Contact us to schedule a session for your unit

Supplementary Modules

We encourage departments/units of at least 15 persons to supplement their participation in the Introductory “Breaking the Bias Habit” session by engaging in at least one of the additional modules described below.  We ask that at least 80% of your unit has participated in the Introductory session before we arrange a supplementary module.

  • Implicit Bias in Evaluation Processes. This 1-hour module is designed for a unit or department to take together.  We’ll use the concepts defined in the Introductory module to dig deeper into how implicit bias might play out in specific evaluation processes within a given unit (e.g., student admissions, faculty/staff promotions, awards/honors, hiring).
  • Implicit Bias in Teaching. This 1-hour module explores the concepts of stereotype priming and stereotype threat, and discusses how these issues arise in the teaching mission of the university.
  • Microaggressions.  This 1-hour module explores the concept of microaggressions as interpersonal interactions that are affected by the stereotype-based implicit biases we all hold.  We discuss common microaggressions on our campus, and suggest strategies individuals can use to address them.

Contact us to schedule modules for your unit

Schedule and registration for  “Introduction to Implicit Bias” — Coming soon

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