BU D&I Learning + Action workshop: Implicit bias and microaggressions

9:00 am on Wednesday, April 5, 2023
11:00 am on Wednesday, April 5, 2023
Zoom virtual event
We tend to think of biases as conscious attitudes that are intentional, malicious, and easy to see. But most of the bias that occurs inside us and around us is unconscious, or implicit – learned assumptions that our brains leap to automatically, influencing our actions in ways that go against our consciously stated values. When these actions cause harm to others, we call them microaggressions. In this workshop, we will explore the ways that bias and microaggressions show up in ourselves, in society, and in the workplace. Participants will learn to identify forms of implicit bias and the various “-isms” they reflect. We will also work to understand the unintentional but very real harm of microaggressions and begin to develop the muscles and skills needed to name, interrupt and take responsibility for them. Lastly, participants will identify actionable ways they can bring the knowledge co-created in the workshop into their own spaces at BU and beyond. Registration is required; see link below. Learning + Action workshops are limited to 40 participants.