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.
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
Sheridan, Jennifer; Eve Fine; Manuela Romero; Carmen Juniper Neimeko; Molly Carnes; Christine Bell; You-Geon Lee; and Casey Stockstill. 2021. Improving Department Climate Through Bias Literacy: One College’s Experience.” Journal of Women and Minorities in Science …
Fine, Eve; Jennifer Sheridan; Christine Fabian Bell; Molly Carnes; Carmen Juniper Neimeko; and Manuela Romero. 2018. “Teaching Academics About Microaggressions: A Workshop Model Adaptable to Various Audiences.” Understanding Interventions Journal. In press.
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.
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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 …
“How training doctors in implicit bias could save the lives of black mothers.” Elizabeth Chuck. May 11, 2018. NBC News.
“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.
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