34th Annual Conference

April 5-7, 2022


The Unconscious Advantage

20-minute Trend Talk

Day 1

Session Code: TT2-C
When: April 5, 2022
Level: Intermediate
Track: Critical Employment Practices
Presenter: Gwen Hill, Royal Roads University
Prerequisite: A baseline understanding of unconscious bias training such as the Harvard Implicit Bias Test https://implicit.harvard.edu/implicit/canada/takeatest.html


Unconscious bias training (UBT) has become common where employers are beginning the journey of creating diverse and inclusive workplaces. But is it all it’s cracked up to be? What risks are there to delivering UBT without offering next steps to the learning? And most importantly, what should those next steps be?

In this session, we will learn what the risks are of providing UBT without giving supporting context; how to provide that context in a way that is courageous and informative; and what tools we can use to maximize the learning that UBT offers.

This session is based on the initial stages of learning from a systematic literature review conducted in 2020 on the research question: “What is the impact of unconscious/implicit bias training in the workplace?”

Learning Outcomes

• Understand the risks of unconscious bias training—while learning how necessary it is!
• Learn how to mitigate the risks of unconscious bias training
• Capture key ‘next steps’ that will help to make unconscious bias training meaningful

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