Understanding Impl icit Bias

Whereas, the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU), a voluntary association whose membership consists of public research universities, land-grant institutions, state university systems and other affiliated organizations is committed to advancing diversity and inclusion by exercising the principles of equal access and equal opportunity in education and employment.

— M. Peter McPherson, President, Association of Public Land Grant Universities, March 24, 2010

What is Implicit Bias?

Also known as implicit social cognition, 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 assessments, are activated involuntarily and without an individual’s awareness or intentional control. Residing deep in the subconscious, these biases are different from known biases that individuals may choose to conceal for the purposes of social and/or political correctness. Rather, implicit biases are not accessible through introspection. — Excerpted from Kirwan Institute at Ohio State University



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