Higher Level is a training series designed to empower the Mountaineer Family to take ownership of the role each of us plays in promoting an inclusive campus culture.
Session One gives an overview of implicit bias and demonstrates how even those with the best of intentions can allow inherent assumptions to cloud their judgement.
Session Two explores how societal norms unequally benefit or
disadvantage members of different social groups. Importantly, this session
acknowledges that all people hold and experience bias, but interrogates why
particular groups tend to be the recipients of bias more often and
consistently. This interactive discussion will explore both the obvious and
subtle ways norms have been created and are reinforced, and provide
recommendations for combating patterns of biased decision-making.
Later sessions will focus on how identity – specifically disability, race/ethnicity, and gender and LGBTQ+ identities – affects attempts to be fair and impartial. The remaining sessions will be made available in the coming weeks.
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