The Power and Impact of Unconcious Bias for Managers

Everyone operates with unconscious biases that can negatively impact attitudes, behaviors and decision-making in the workplace. Understanding the challenge of unconscious bias is important in a diverse, rapidly changing and complex society. Learning to recognize decisions based upon unconscious bias is essential. Managers are important links to a positive workplace climate. This course helps managers understand the components of unconscious bias and micro-messages. Participants will have an opportunity to discuss key terms, develop appropriate strategies for addressing micro- inequities and micro-aggressions and discuss important ways to support staff with micro-affirmations and workplace strategies that build an inclusive work environment.

Course Length:
Three and one-half hours
Sharon Fries - Britt, Ph.D., professor, Department of Counseling, Higher Education and Special Education, University of Maryland
Elective (E)