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Unconscious Bias Education and Cultural Change

In 2015-2016, AdvanceRIT designed and hosted four (4) unconscious bias education workshops for various audiences at RIT. In 2014 and 2016, two large-scale workshops performed by the Michigan Players from the University of Michigan’s Center for Research on Learning and Teaching, focused on departmental climate, faculty search, and promotion & tenure deliberations while exploring power, privilege and unconscious bias. In 2016, AdvanceRIT hosted two sessions on bystander awareness facilitated by Professor Maureen Scully from the University of Massachusetts at Boston. In 2015, co-hosted with the Division of Diversity and Inclusion and the Office of the Provost a week-long workshop on Social Justice Mediation Training presented by the Social Justice Mediation Institute, University of Massachusetts at Amherst. In 2013, AdvanceRIT collaboratively hosted with the Office of Faculty Recruitment, a two-day workshop, “Searching for Excellence and Diversity: A Workshop for Search Committees,” facilitated by WISELI from the University of Wisconsin at Madison.


Helpful Handouts

NSF AdvanceRIT - Questions to Consider During Promotion and Tenure Review Process: Understanding How Unconscious Bias Influences Decision Making

NSF AdvanceRIT - Examples of Bias in Letters to Watch Out For

NSF AdvanceRIT - Interrupting Biased or Exclusionary Comments

RIT Academic Affairs - Report of the Provost Task Force on Unconscious Bias


Great Resources from Other Schools

University of British Columbia - Unconscious Bias in the Hiring Process

University of Wisconsin-Madison's Sex and Science: Tips for Faculty

University of Wisconsin-Madison's Reviewing Applicants: Research on Bias and Assumptions Brochure

CUNY Hunter College's Who is Prize-d in Cognitive and Developmental Psychology Powerpoint

University of Puerto Rico at Humacao's Perceptions of Faculty and Administrators of the University of Puerto Rico at Humacao about Gender Bias in Faculty Recruitment Practices

North Dakota State University's The Science of Unconscious Bias

Grand Valley State University's NSF Advance Page

University of Arizona's Avoiding Bias in Reading and Writing Evaluations

University of Arizona's The Power of Perceived Fairness, Collegiality, and Collaboration

University of Arizona's The Science of Unconscious Bias

University of Arizona's Climate: A Numbers Game