Introduction to Unconscious Bias An introductory course for anyone interested in learning about bias

Course Description

Can you recall a time when you met someone and had that instant connection, or your latest hire where you knew that they were a ‘right fit’ because of things beyond their qualifications? Our brains are efficient machines looking for shortcuts to make sense of the world. The neuroscience on unconscious bias indicates that humans are not as rational as we might like to think when making decisions about people and situations. Our background, personal experiences, stereotypes and cultural context all impact our judgement and behaviour.  Unconscious bias plays a huge role in our daily lives, and it can help us navigate our interactions in both positive and negative ways.

This interactive workshop provides a non-judgmental approach aimed at understanding what unconscious bias is (and is not), how it operates in the workplace, and how it can undermine organizational objectives. In this workshop, you will have the opportunity to increase self-awareness, get up to speed with the latest research on unconscious bias, and learn some simple strategies to notice and counter your biases.

About the facilitators

Candy Khan: Candy is a certified Change Management Practitioner and Diversity and Inclusion Specialist who has facilitated courses on unconscious bias, achieving excellence in recruitment, respectful workplace practices, intercultural competency and other training to over 10,000 staff.

Karen Yong: Karen brings 25 years of Organizational Development (OD) experience across sectors specializing in workplace bullying, leadership development and creating healthy spaces. Karen has developed, implemented, and evaluated OD training programs in Canada and the U.S to small and large companies.

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