Online Training: Whistler Experience - Unconscious Bias
Unconscious biases are our social understandings based on unintended, subtle, and subconscious thoughts. Although we would like to believe that we are open-minded and without bias, research demonstrates that everyone holds unconscious beliefs about various social and identity groups. Biases derive from our experiences within social groups, including age, gender, race, ethnicity, religion, social class, sexuality, and nationality.
In this introductory module, Prof. Brian Leacock will introduce common biases and how they shape our preferences and judgments about people’s abilities and potential. This engaging, high quality, and research based mini lecture will start your journey towards understanding unconscious bias - a critical precursor to inclusivity in a diverse organization.
1. Understand what unconscious or hidden biases are and how they influence our thinking
2. Recognize how biases can shape workplaces and lead to workplace discrimination
3. Start to appreciate what it takes to build a diverse and inclusive culture
Brian Leacock, Associate Director, International & Teaching Professor at the University of Victoria
Brian Leacock is a strategic leader, passionate educator and business communication specialist. He focuses on emotional intelligence, intercultural competency development and organizational behaviour. His sessions help attendees to become more effective leaders in an international setting by fostering better communication and conflict management.
Students at UVic’s Gustavson School of Business rate Brian Leacock’s sessions with a solid “A”.