Breaking the Bias Habit®

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


Due to changes in WISELI personnel, the “Breaking the Bias Habit” workshop series is on hiatus until further notice.

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.

Workshop Details

This workshop, a 3-hour interactive session, covers the following topics:

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

Request a Workshop

WISELI is available to conduct a Breaking the Bias Habit® workshop to your department or unit of 25 attendees or more. Departments/units can and often do incorporate this workshop as part of a “retreat.”

There is no charge or fee for UW–Madison departments or units, but we do ask the following:

  • The department chair or unit head officially supports hosting the workshop and encourages participation
  • The department or unit reserves a room for the workshop and provides light refreshments to attendees

Contact us to schedule a workshop

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