Dec 13, 2018 | Atlanta, GA
According to Harvard University social psychologist, Mahzarin Banaji, “Implicit bias is the thumbprint of the culture on our brain." Implicit biases affect multiple aspects of daily life, and have become the focus of programs within academia and various business industries.
Georgia Tech’s Institute Diversity and Georgia Tech’s ADVANCE Program, in collaboration with the Office of the Vice Provost for Graduate Education and Faculty Development, began offering Implicit Bias Workshops in fall 2015. These workshops are designed for faculty who serve on reappointment, promotion, and tenure and faculty search committees. During the spring 2019 semester, four 90-minute workshops are being offered on January 16, January 30, February 12, and February 27.
The goals of the workshops are to increase awareness of the impact of implicit bias and to facilitate equitable decision-making across myriad processes related to faculty evaluations.
Since fall 2015, more than 500 Georgia Tech faculty members have attended a workshop.
“The workshop was very useful and enlightening,” said Harris Dimitropoulos, associate professor within the School of Architecture. “It helped me realize that in order to promote meritocracy and fairness, we first need to understand and address out implicit biases.”
Developed by Julie Ancis, associate vice president for Institute Diversity, the Implicit Bias Workshops are part of the 11 Gender Equity Initiatives being implemented at the Institute. These initiatives occurred from President Peterson’s listening sessions in 2015 where he heard, in part, concerns from the campus community about promoting equity in policies and processes related to the recruitment, hiring, retention, promotion, professional development, and leadership appointments of women faculty members.
During the spring 2019 semester, Implicit Bias Workshops will be led by Dimitropoulos, associate professor, School of Architecture; Robert Kirkman, associate professor, School of Public Policy; Mark Mitchell, associate director, Georgia Tech Research Institute; and Michelle Rinehart, associate dean for academic affairs and outreach, College of Design.
To learn more and to register for one of the Implicit Bias Workshops, visit www.advance.gatech.edu/implicit-bias-workshops.