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Implicit Bias Events

An Ohio State group, the Implicit Bias Collaborative, has come together to develop a series of programs on the issue of implicit bias and its impact at the university. Implicit biases are unconscious attitudes that may affect our behaviors. This collaborative includes The Women’s Place, Kirwan Institute, Office of Human Resources, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Project CEOS, Gender Initiatives in STEMM, Diversity and Identity Studies Collective at OSU (DISCO) from Arts and Sciences, Wexner Medical Center, University Senate Diversity Committee, OSU Center for Ethics and Human Values, regional campus deans, and others. This group has planned the following events.



Upcoming Events

There are no events scheduled at this time. Please check back fall semester.

Past Events

Video of the Beyond Implicit Bias event described below is available — see the photo link following the event description.

Portrait of Russell Fazio
Russell Fazio
Portrait of Cheryl Staats
Cheryl Staats
Portrait of Quinn Capers
Quinn Capers
March 26, 2014
Beyond Implicit Bias: Motivations and Actions
Sponsors: Implicit Bias Collaborative (see above for a list of members)
Wednesday, 11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Location: Saxbe Auditorium, Drinko Hall/Moritz College of Law
Fee: free, register by March 19
*The event will also be available remotely on Carmen Connect

Join the Implicit Bias Collaborative as we delve further into implicit bias by examining how motivations affect action and the possibilities for overcoming biases with Ohio State experts on the subject. Cheryl Staats, researcher from the Kirwan Institute, Professor Russell Fazio from Ohio State's Department of Psychology and Ohio State's Dr. Quinn Capers, IV, associate dean, College of Medicine and assistant professor, cardiovascular medicine, will present.

Dr. Fazio, the Harold E. Burtt Chair in Psychology, is an American Psychological Association Fellow and recipient of a National Science Foundation grant and many National Institute of Mental Health grants, among others. His research is centered on the study of attitudes, such as prejudice and stereotyping, and focuses on attitude formation, change, and accessibility, attitude-behavior consistency, and social cognition. He is the author of "Attitudes: Insights from the New Implicit Measures" and has articles published in numerous journals.

Staats is the author of "State of the Science: Implicit Bias Review," an extensive document that synthesizes a broad range of scholarly literature on how unconscious racial associations influence human decision-making and outcomes. The "Implicit Bias Review" highlights how cognitive forces that shape individual behavior without our awareness can contribute to societal inequities. Much of her current work focuses on implicit racial/ethnic bias.

Dr. Capers was named one of America’s Best Doctors of 2009. He is associate dean for admissions in The Ohio State University College of Medicine, and an assistant professor of clinical medicine and director of Peripheral Vascular Interventions in the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine at the Wexner Medical Center. Dr. Capers was a National Research Service Award grantee of the National Institutes of Health as a cardiology fellow. In 2010, Dr. Capers received the Carter G. Woodson Award for Outstanding Community Service from Defense Supply Center in Columbus.

If you attended the fall 2013 semester implicit bias workshops, please RSVP for this workshop as it will go beyond the introductory material of those preceding it. Lunch will be included, RSVPs are required. Register by March 19.

Snapshot from Beyond Implicit Bias event video

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(The following event was not planned by the collaborative, but also focuses on implicit bias.)

January 23, 2014
Conversations in Implicit Bias with Dr. Amy Brunell and Dr. Phil Mazzocco
Sponsor: The Ohio State Mansfield campus
Thursday, 12:30 - 1:30 pm
Location: Bromfield Hall, room 212, Mansfield Campus or view the event on your computer (see instructions below)
Fee: free

The presentation will focus on the topic of implicit bias, a form a prejudice hidden within the subconscious mind. Implicit bias can exist in individuals who do not consciously consider themselves to be prejudiced. Nevertheless, this subconscious bias can influence thoughts, feelings, and actions. During the presentation, Dr. Amy Brunell and Dr. Phil Mazzocco, both professors of psychology, will discuss how you can determine if you harbor implicit bias, as well as discuss what you can do about it.

This event can be viewed remotely at https://carmenconnect.osu.edu/bias

Users can enter the room with their OSU credentials or as a guest.

Meeting Name: Conversations in Implicit Bias

Portrait of Shannon HarringtonOctober 29, 2013
Health Disparities
Presented by Dr. Shannon Harrington
Sponsors: The Women's Place, Wexner Medical Center, OSU Center for Ethics and Human Values
Tuesday, noon - 1:30 pm
Location: 160 Meiling Hall
Fee: free, registration required by Oct 23

Dr. Shannon Harrington, PhD, MSN, BSN, RN, will address health disparities.

Dr. Harrington is a post-doctoral Fellow at the Harvard Cancer Center-Dana Farber Institute, University of Massachusetts Boston. She has been a nursing educator for six years and has 11 years of acute care experience in medical surgical nursing in a variety of settings including both in-patient and out-patient settings.

Harrington obtained a BS in nursing from Old Dominion University, a master’s in nursing with a concentration in Health Systems Management from the University of Virginia, and a doctorate in nursing from the University of Virginia. Her research interests include: healthcare disparities, quality of care, breast cancer, health promotion/disease prevention, and the impact of poor nutrition and lack of exercise on health outcomes.

In addition to conducting research and teaching, she has been a national presenter at the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) Congress in 2011, speaking on disparities among African American women with breast cancer.

Lunch will be included. Seating is limited. RSVP to dillard.19@osu.edu by Oct 23.

October 22, 2013
Overcoming Implicit Bias Workshop
Presented by Brian Nosek
Sponsors: The Women's Place, Office of Gender Initiatives in STEMM, Project CEOS, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Kirwan Institute, Arts and Sciences' DISCO, Columbus Partnership
Tuesday, 2 - 4 pm
Location: Saxbe Auditorium, Drinko Hall/Moritz College of Law*
Fee: free

Photo of Brian NosekDr. Brian Nosek, associate professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Virginia and member of the Harvard-based Project Implicit, presents this workshop on recognizing and overcoming implicit bias. Nosek co-founded Project Implicit, an international collaborative network of researchers investigating implicit social cognition — thoughts and feelings outside of conscious awareness and control.

Project Implicit is the product of a team of scientists whose research produced new ways of understanding attitudes, stereotypes and other hidden biases that influence perception, judgment, and action. It translates that academic research into practical applications for addressing diversity, improving decision-making, and increasing the likelihood that practices are aligned with personal and organizational values. Nosek investigates the gap between values and practices — such as when behavior is influenced by factors other than one's intentions and goals.

Before attending the workshop, we recommend that you take Project Implicit's online Implicit Association Test (IAT) to get a sense of your unconscious biases.

*If Saxbe auditorium is full when you arrive, you can view a simulcast of the event in the MLK Theatre on the first floor of Hale Hall, 154 W 12 Ave.

Event graphicOctober 17, 2013
Matinees that Matter: Implicit Bias
Sponsors: Wexner Medical Center, Kirwin Institute
Thursday, noon- 1:30 pm
Location: Davis Heart and Lung Research, 473 W 12th Ave room 170

Matinees that Matter presents “Best Practices Videos” created by the Wexner Medical Center. These videos depict actual situations in which many types of biased behavior are exhibited, followed by depictions of non-biased behavior in the same situations. Discussion will follow moderated by Wanda Dillard, director of community development at the Wexner Medical Center, and Cheryl Staats, research associate at the Kirwan Institute. Lunch is included. RSVP to LeadershipAcademy@osumc.edu.

Several women at the 2012 reception laughing and talking2012 reception attendees in a small group discussion2012 reception attendees talking

October 16, 2013
2013 Annual Women's Reception
Sponsor: The Women's Place
Wednesday, 4 - 6 pm
Location: Longaberger Alumni House, Sanders Grand Lounge, 2200 Olentangy River Rd
Fee: Free and open to campus and Columbus community

Don't miss this opportunity to celebrate Ohio State women, catch up with colleagues and friends, and just have fun! All faculty and staff (men and women) are invited. The reception is an excellent opportunity to meet people from all areas of the university community.

This year we will highlight women who work, either formally or informally, to increase, support, and/or educate about diversity, in addition to recognizing women who have been recently hired or promoted. Valerie Lee, vice provost for Diversity and Inclusion, vice president for Outreach and Engagement, and chief diversity officer will be our honoree. Special guests include President Alutto and Provost Steinmetz.

We hope to see you there!

September 23, 2013
"Your Perception Is Not My Reality"
Sponsors: Ohio State: No Place for Hate, the Office of Student Life, the Student Life Multicultural Center, Kirwan Institute for The Study of Race and Ethnicity, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Frank W. Hale, Jr. Black Cultural Center, and the Bell National Resource Center.
Monday, 6 - 7:30 pm
Location: Hale Center, MLK Lounge
Fee: Free

Panel Discussion of the role that implicit bias plays in human interaction, ways to identify it, and how to address it. The Trayvon Martin outcome will be examined. Panelist include:

  • Kwame Christian, Research Associate Kirwan Institute,
  • Charles Noble, Legal Policy Analyst Kirwan Institute
  • Tom Rudd, Director of Education and Emerging Research

More information

A PowerPoint presentation from the lecture described below is available — see the link following the lecture description.

Portrait of Dr. Denise Sekaquaptewa
Dr. Denise Sekaquaptewa
Portrait of Dr. Jennifer Linderman
Dr. Jennifer Linderman
September 13, 2013
Faculty Recruitment Workshop: Strategies and Tactics for Recruiting to Increase Diversity and Excellence (STRIDE)
Academic Leader Development Series
Sponsors: The Women's Place, Gender Initiatives in STEMM, Project CEOS, Office of Academic Affairs, Office of Human Resources
Friday, 1:30 - 3:30 pm
Location: 160 Cunz Hall
Fee: free, registration required

Learn practices that will maximize the likelihood that diverse, highly qualified candidates for faculty positions will be identified, and, if selected, will be successfully recruited, retained, and promoted. Members of the STRIDE Committee, University of Michigan’s National Science Foundation ADVANCE program that specializes in diversity hiring practices, will lead the workshop.

  • Who should attend the workshop?: deans, department chairs, search committee chairs and search committee members
  • Goal of the program: learn evidence-based strategies for recruiting, retaining, and promoting exceptional faculty at Ohio State

Jennifer Linderman and Denise Sekaquaptewa will facilitate the workshop. Dr. Linderman is a professor of chemical engineering and biomedical engineering, and a member of the Centers for Systems Biology and for Computational Medicine and Bioinformatics at the University of Michigan. She is a Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering. As associate director of the University of Michigan ADVANCE Program and director of the ADVANCE program in the College of Engineering, she works to improve faculty recruitment, retention, climate and leadership at the university.

Dr. Sekaquaptewa is a professor of psychology at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She also serves as associate director of the University of Michigan ADVANCE program and has served as an associate editor for the journals Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, and Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin.

Workshop registration

Learn more about STRIDE.

STRIDE PowerPoint presented during the lecture

Conference graphicSeptember 11, 2013
Implicit Bias Conversation
Sponsor: The Women's Place
Wednesday, 2:30 - 4:30 pm
Location: Hale Hall
Fee: free

Have you noticed that most university leaders are from the same demographic group? That some types of people get ignored in meetings? That some categories of employees are treated differently from others? Bring what you’ve noticed to an “unconference” on unconscious associations at Ohio State, and let’s talk about what we all notice and no one discusses! Join The Women’s Place for candid conversations — let's talk about real change!

July 29-31, 2013
Art of Hosting Training
Sponsor: The Women's Place
Location: Mansfield Campus, Student Union, Eisenhower Hall/Memorial Center
Fee: $150; register by July 15

The Art of Hosting Meaningful Conversations (AoH) blends a suite of powerful conversational processes that invite people to step in and take charge of the challenges facing them in an inherently more democratic way than most conversations. People who experience AoH typically say that they walk away feeling more empowered and able to help guide the meetings and conversations they are part of towards more effective and desirable outcomes.

The Women’s Place (TWP) is working with others in the university system to explore how implicit bias impacts the creation of an equitable and inclusive university environment. We invite you to come together for a three-day, residential retreat to delve into this issue as you develop Art of Hosting skills. You will:

  • Learn methodologies in hosting, designing, and harvesting meaningful conversations
  • Experience meaningful conversations around implicit bias to seed a larger initiative concerning implicit bias on campus
  • Learn how to contribute to the university community by hosting and designing conversations that matter in their own contexts