Disrupting Implicit Bias


IMPLICIT BIAS refers to the attitudes or stereotypes that affect our understanding, actions, and decisions in an unconscious manner. These biases, which encompass both favorable and unfavorable judgments, are activated involuntarily and without an individual’s awareness or intentional control. Implicit bias pervades the college classroom. Students and instructors bring biases that can enable and impair teaching and learning. As professors at a college whose mission is educating for justice, we have an obligation to ask ourselves what our implicit biases might be, and how we can disrupt those biases in order to promote a more just college that does all it can to help students succeed. This faculty Community of Practice on Disrupting Implicit Bias will meet monthly to share studies on implicit bias and reflect on one’s own teaching and mentoring practices. This is a voluntary opportunity to meet in a safe, non-judgmental environment, discuss concerns, and try to live our mission “to question our assumptions, to consider multiple perspectives, to think critically, and to develop the humility that comes with global understanding.”

The Commons group is private: members are encouraged to maintain confidentiality around conversations both in person and online.

If you would like to join this private group, contact Dr. Allison Pease at apease@jjay.cuny.edu