DAY 4: Understanding Bias

“It is never too late to give up your prejudices.” –Henry David Thoreau
Everyone is biased, however, we may not be aware of the biases that we subconsciously hold. Research shows that years of structural and cultural constructs have deeply embedded stereotypes into our culture, and, consequently into our own subconscious. For example, according to a recent study, companies are more than twice as likely to call minority applicants for interviews if they submit resumes with white sounding names.
 
Research further shows that we can actively rewire the brain’s neural function by being more intentional about acknowledging our biases.
 
Today’s focus is on personal reflection and taking the time to uncover some of our own biases by reflecting on how we take control of these unconscious constructs.

TODAY’S CHALLENGE: Do one or more of the following…


READ

Read the article Cognitive Biases: What They Are and How They Affect You. Cognitive or unconscious biases affect every area of our life, from how we form our memories and shape our beliefs to how we form relationships with other people. Learn more about cognitive biases, understand why we experience them, identify various types, and find out what you can do to mitigate them successfully.
 
Go deeper and take the Harvard Implicit Bias test created by psychologists at top universities to uncover some of your unconscious biases. Remember, having biases doesn’t make you a bad person, it makes you human. TIP: Proceed as a guest to access their library of tests and find out your implicit associations about race, gender, sexual orientation, skin tone and more.


WATCH

Watch the video Let's Talk Bias from PBS Learning Media. Bias can take many forms and impacts various groups in different ways. In this Youth Collective video produced by Reel Works, five young people share stories of experiencing bias targeted at their unique identities.


LISTEN

Listen to the podcast on NPR from Emily Kwong about unconscious bias.
 


TAKE ACTION

Identify an anti-bias accountability partner who will help you check your bias. Ask your accountability partner to take the Challenge with you.



GIVE BACK

Take part in this week's service activity: Black Authors Children’s Book Drive

Encourage literacy in our community’s youngest members by collecting and donating new children’s books by Black authors. These books will be distributed to children in need by our distribution partners. Learn more and give back.

 

DAY 4 JOURNAL PAGE
Capture what you learned by journaling your thoughts and feelings about today's content. Click below to download a journal page for today.
DISCUSSION GUIDE
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