Declaration action point: Raise awareness

Posted on 16/12/2021 in Data

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Raise awareness. Provide unconscious bias training.

We are all biased. What can we do? The ALBA Declaration on Equity & Inclusion advises to commit to recognizing & counteracting bias, by raising awareness: provide unconscious bias training. This article provides useful tips & resources on best practices about raising awareness.

Issues

Efforts to promote equity, diversity and inclusion have not yet been fully realized. Many people still do not accept the idea that we all possess unconscious bias because sexism, racism and other “-isms” are entrenched systematically in institutions and societies governed and financed by a dominant group. An integrated approach throughout the institution and the learning life cycle is the only way to tackle this invisible obstacle effectively.

Suggested actions

  • Require and provide unconscious bias training for all interview panel members / decision makers / faculty, but….
  • Don’t rely on training alone, especially where it is only a ‘one-off’ session.
  • Extend building inclusivity into curricula or the design of research programmes.
  • Stimulate coherent ongoing conversations and interactions that lead to cultural change.

Resources

Data on bias in STEM:

Examples of awareness campaigns or tools:

Examples of training:

Examples of inclusive curricula: