The human brain gets inundated with vast amounts of information every second, and in order to make quick decisions it must take shortcuts. As you make decisions, how aware are you of these shortcuts, and how would you know if your choices were biased?
This event will introduce and review the concept of unconscious bias, and consider how it can affect us. We will investigate our own biases, show that everyone carries biases, and discuss how unconscious biases have an impact in schools and workplaces. The event will also explore strategies and approaches for working to reduce the impact of unconscious biases.
The event is targeted at:
- STEM industry professionals
- Sixth-form STEM students
- STEM teachers and science coordinators (primary and secondary)
- 15:00 – Arrival & initial thoughts: register, grab a coffee, and explore thought-provoking infographics and posters. Add your comments and questions to the discussion.
- 15:30 – Introduction to unconscious bias: why is any of this important?
- 16:00 – Breakout sessions 1:
- Investigating your own biases. Delve further into the many types of unconscious bias, uncover some of your own biases, and think through what you can do about them.
- Unconscious bias in the classroom. Look at the impacts of unconscious biases in the classroom, consider their impact on students, discuss plans of action.
- 16:40 – Break
- 17:10 – Breakout sessions 2:
- Gendered language. A look at how gendered language infiltrates our society and culture and how we can start to make a stand against it.
- Awkward questions. Say you want to make changes in your workplace, but you anticipate resistance from colleagues. What kinds of awkward situations might arise and how could you deal with them?
- 17:50 – Plenary: Revisiting comments made during registration and the break, discussing key themes which have arisen through the event. We’ll wrap up the evening by collecting pledges from attendees: what are you going to do differently as a result of this event?
- 18:30 – Ends.
The event is organised and run – and sessions led – by:
- Dr. Jenny Search, Gender Balance Officer, Institute of Physics
- Dr. Antonio Portas, NUSTEM Outreach Specialist & Ogden Science Officer, Northumbria University
- Jonathan Sanderson, NUSTEM Outreach Specialist, Northumbria University
- Dr. Katherine Baxter, Reader in English Literature, Northumbria University
- Prof. Jamie L. Callahan, Prof. of Leadership & Human Resource Development, Northumbria University
- Esther Mander, Gender Balance Officer, Institute of Physics.