The objectives of this presentation is:
* to bring awareness surrounding unconscious bias that may be present in and out of work
* to have a shared understanding of different types of bias
* to collectively brainstorm ways to promote inclusion
with varying characteristics including, but not limited to, religious and political beliefs, gender, ethnicity, education, socioeconomic background, sexual orientation and geographic location. An inclusive workplace values and provides equal opportunity to all employees regardless of diﬀerences (e.g., ability, age, ethnic background, gender, religion, sexual orientation, etc) to achieve their maximum potential at work without discrimination.
aware of that happens automatically and is triggered by our brains making quick judgements and assessments of people and situations, inﬂuenced by our background, cultural environment, and personal experiences. Biases are natural and automatic ◦ These unconscious shortcuts are part of all of us, but we want to start training our brains to be aware of our biases and intentionally connect with others who aren’t like us.
to things that we agree with, so we remember facts that reinforce our beliefs better than those that are diﬀerent from our beliefs. Example: Hiring manager ignores negative feedback in reference checks that contradicts own assessment
yourself becoming biased? • What should we do if we notice someone giving into these biases? • In what ways can we collectively work to combat these biases at Vida? • In what ways are we already an inclusive community at Vida?
engage with people who are diﬀerent from you to understand them and their perspectives. • Broaden your viewpoint and educate others. • Acknowledge discomfort. It’s normal to feel uncomfortable sometimes, so don’t let it hold you back. • Focus on “community add” not community “ﬁt” to build a stronger, more inclusive team dynamic. • Foster a sense of belonging through simple daily actions like saying hi, grabbing coﬀee or lunch with someone you don’t know, sharing your story and learning from them
see - but you can recognize your own biases and work to prevent them from manifesting! • Get curious to learn and engage with people who are diﬀerent from you to understand them and their perspectives. • Focus on creating a sense of belonging and helping others feel that they can belong here too