Implicit Bias & Belonging

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We are all too familiar with bias that is made explicit and externalized—especially given recent tragedies across our country that has resulted in loss of life and rights due to marginalized identities. Although not all forms of bias are as extreme or as visible, bias can result in exclusion of others from a sense of belonging in social, classroom, and work settings. Implicit bias captures our often unconscious assumptions and stereotypes in our thinking about others. Typically, implicit bias is beyond our own consciousness/awareness but has real-world consequences (e.g. discriminatory behaviors that can result in inequitable hiring practices, an isolating work environment, etc.).

This presentation will talk through how implicit bias is learned and how we can address our own bias in order to better create a sense of belonging for those we interact with and influence.

Facilitator: Vivie Nguyen serves as the Director for Intercultural Engagement. She received her M.A. in Counseling Psychology from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where she studied implicit bias through her focus in multicultural counseling.


You are welcome to take whichever Implicit Association Test you are most interested in. Please take this test in an uninterrupted space, as it will take approximately 10 minutes of your time. It is crucial that you are honest and timely with your responses. The expectation is that you only complete ONE test of interest to you. However, the more you take the more awareness you might garner from the process.

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