Empowering People to Break the Bias Habit

Empowering People to Break the Bias Habit

Creating Inclusion and Reducing Bias

August 28, 2019  |  7th Floor, Samberg Conference Center  |  Doors open @ 9 am

Background and Description
Stereotypes, prejudice, and implicit biases have been receiving a great deal of attention, both within our community and nationally. Dr. Patricia Devine and Dr. William Cox, two scientific leaders in the study of stereotyping and implicit biases, have put together and empirically tested this evidence-based training, which focuses on addressing intergroup disparities and what individuals can do to reduce implicit or unintentional biases. Dr. Devine has been a social psychology professor at UW-Madison since 1985, and is internationally recognized as an eminent expert in the scientific study of stereotyping, prejudice, and intergroup relations. The very notion of “implicit bias” or “unintentional bias” originated in her early work (Devine, 1989). Dr. Cox is an assistant scientist in the department of psychology, and his work advances our understanding of the neural, cognitive, and cultural mechanisms that perpetuate stereotypes and biases. For the last 11 years, Drs. Devine and Cox have developed and tested the bias habit breaking intervention, which was the first, and remains the only intervention that has been shown experimentally to produce long term changes in bias (Devine, Forscher, Austin, & Cox, 2012; Forscher, Mitamura, Dix, Cox, & Devine, 2017). For more information about the training and its impact see this recent article in The Atlantic featuring Dr. Devine and Dr. Cox’s research.

Additional Resources

Building on the keynote workshop, you are invited to join us for lunch followed by breakout discussions, focusing on specific and actionable ways to support diversity and inclusion in classrooms and other academic environments across MIT.