Join WiSTEM Pro2, the UNO Center for Faculty Excellence, UNMC Office of Equity, and UNMC Faculty Development for "Uncovering and Mitigating Unconscious Bias in the University Experience". This event takes place Thursday, Feb. 21 from 4:30 P.M. - 7 P.M. in CEC room 230.
The unconscious mind is an amazing thing. It processes information based on our background, cultural environment and personal experiences almost instantaneous decisions about the world around us. The trouble is our unconscious bias is fallible and biased potentially leading to decisions without reasoning. Pam Hernandez, MAPP, PCC, founder and president of, The Right Reflection, will will lead an open dialogue and interactive workshop to help you become aware of your unconscious bias and steps to control it.
This event aims to provide an opportunity for participants of all genders and intersectional identities to learn how to take action in making UNO and UNMC campuses that are more inclusive, with high job satisfaction for all faculty and staff members. While we have seen an increase in awareness surrounding unconscious and conscious bias training on campus, we see a need to take the discussion a step further and create actionable outcomes and takeaways for everyone from entry-level positions to high-level administrators.
This 3rd Annual Diversity and Inclusion Speaker Series will feature an interactive presentation, workshop and dialogue focused on what unconscious bias is, how we all have it and how it develops. There's no shame in having unconscious bias as long as we work to become aware of our personal and organizational biases and take steps to insure they don't influence career impacting decisions.
We specifically are going to explore the effects of unconscious bias in:
- The Recruitment Process,
- The Hiring Process (selection committees)
- Tenure Track Decisions
- Retention and Promotion
- Family Leave (workload concerns)
- Leadership Track (the process of how to get there)
- Gendered Job Expectations and Resulting Financial Implications
- Pay Equity