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New 3-Part Unconscious Bias Initiative Launched for UK Faculty and Staff

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 25, 2021) — Inclusive Excellence and Diversity Education (IEDE) is pleased to announce the recent launch of the newly expanded three-part Unconscious Bias Initiative. 

Building on IEDE’s core pillars of language, history, and practice, this three-part training provides attendees with a shared language for understanding unconscious bias, as well as an elaborated context around and deeper awareness of the systemic and interconnected roots of bias. Through a tiered, practice-based learning approach, participants will find an accountable and supportive environment to more deeply engage with topics of bias and discrimination. 

Sessions must be taken sequentially but attendance can be spread out over the course of a month (or a semester): 

  • Unconscious Bias Part I: Developing a Language for Unlearning. This session introduces language as a tool for identifying and responding to acts of bias. (Tuesdays, noon–1 p.m.)
  • Unconscious Bias Part II: Using Language to Investigate Structural Bias. This session builds on the examples explored in Part I in order to connect types of coded language to the roots of structural bias. (Wednesdays, noon–1:30 p.m.)
  • Unconscious Bias Part III: Doing Allyship: The Work of Unconscious Bias. The final part of the series guides participants on how to practice responding to or intervening with acts of bias that they witness. (Thursdays, noon–1:30 p.m.)

Each part of the initiative is offered every second and fourth week of the month. Offerings are currently scheduled through May 2021 and can be accessed through myUK Learning. Sessions are held over Zoom and are capped at 50 participants. For more information, including how to register, please visit the IEDE FAQ page

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