Understanding and Addressing Unconscious Bias An introductory course for anyone interested in learning about bias

Course Description

Taking an intersectional approach, this workshop is facilitated in a participatory manner and helps participants to build their understanding of bias and practice steps that can be taken to limit the impact of unconscious biases on our thoughts and behaviours. The workshop will consider strategies to address unconscious bias at individual and institutional levels. Participants will enhance their self-awareness of their own biases, build understanding of their social conditioning, and examine behaviour versus intention in daily behaviours.

After participating in this training, participants will be able to:

  • Define and understand the concept of unconscious bias
  • Recognize personal and organizational biases and the way they impact our behaviours, interactions, and decisions
  • Identify and use tools and strategies to manage their personal and organizational biases

About the facilitator

Elli Dehnavi: Holding a PhD in Cultural Studies, Elli is a university teacher, storyteller, and public educator. She has been actively engaged in the community to raise awareness about systemic discrimination. She has developed adult education resources, coordinated training programs, and managed support groups. Elli works with the Centre for Race and Culture as a Senior Consultant, and offers educational workshops on D&I, intercultural communication, unconscious bias, creating inclusive communities, refugee awareness, and gender equity.


Unconscious bias is a natural human instinct. We automatically gravitate to people who are like us. When it comes to recruitment, we hire what we recognize.

Tobin, 2017

Who Should Attend

  • HR professionals
  • Employers
  • Community leaders
  • Service providers
  • Anyone with an interest in learning more about the influence of bias in our lives