About this course
Unconscious bias is the ‘bias you have when you don’t know you have a bias’. It is powerful and prevalent in all people and cultures, and can work against an objective understanding and acceptance of others whom we may unconsciously/unthinkingly perceive as ‘different to ourselves’. This ‘unconscious bias’ may arise on the basis of race, gender, ideology, belief or any other factor of perceived ‘difference’ between ourselves and another person or group. The practical effect of this is that people can be ‘unconsciously’ discriminated against in employment, provision of services or social or workplace inclusion because of this phenomenon; by its nature it is either not recognised or, at best, not acknowledged by those imposing their bias on others. Accordingly this half-day course is designed to raise awareness of these issues and explore ways of surfacing unconscious bias. This is so we can recognise when it may be occurring and put personal and organisational strategies in place to reduce its prevalence and impact. This is particularly important in decisions and behaviours that impact on our relationships and interactions with other people, whether colleagues, clients or stakeholders.