This page provides tools and techniques for overcoming implicit bias. These resources may be useful for combating personal implicit bias or for helping students recognize and acknowledge bias that they may bring to the classroom.
Blackman, A. (2018, July 14). What Is Unconscious Bias? + Top Strategies to Help Avoid It. Envatotuts+.
Diab, R., Ferrel, T., Godbee, B. & Simpkins, N. Making Commitments to Racial Justice Actionable.
Gooblar, D. (2017, November 20). Yes, You Have Implicit Biases, Too. Chronicle of Higher Education.
Halcrow, A. (2020, December 2). 6 Ways to Break Your Implicit Bias Patterns. Culture Wizard.
Harvey, J. (2017, March 14). Are We Raising Racists? The New York Times.
Tropp, L. & Godsil, R. (2015). Overcoming Implicit Bias and Racial Anxiety. Psychology Today.
Youmans, S. (2020). Strategies to Address Unconscious Bias. University of California, San Francisco, Office of Diversity and Outreach.
Center for Policing Equity. “Center for Policing Equity measures bias in policing. That means we can stop it. One in five Americans interacts with law enforcement yearly. Of those encounters, one million result in use of force. And if you’re Black, you are two to four times more likely to have force used than if you are White. Working directly with police to measure behaviors and revise policies results in fewer people killed and fewer people in jail.”
Proctor and Gamble (2020, June 6). Equality. Justice. Action.
Project Implicit – “Project Implicit is a non-profit organization and international collaboration between researchers who are interested in implicit social cognition - thoughts and feelings outside of conscious awareness and control. The goal of the organization is to educate the public about hidden biases and to provide a “virtual laboratory” for collecting data on the Internet.” This site includes tests and educational resources.
Racial Equity Tools. (2020). Implicit Bias.
California Newsreel. (2003). Race: The Power of an Illusion. Films on Demand. - Available on Films on Demand through the McDonald-Kelce Library.
Electric Pictures. (2012). Skin Deep: Nina Jablonski’s Theory of Race. Films on Demand. - Available on Films on Demand through the McDonald-Kelce Library.
Intelligence Squared US. (2017). Policing Is Racially Biased: A Debate. Films on Demand. - “In 2014, a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, shot and killed Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager. This incident, along with similar ones in Cleveland, Chicago, and other cities in the months that followed, sparked a wave of protest nationwide targeting racial disparities in criminal justice and accusing the police of using excessive force against African Americans. Are these accusations valid? Is policing racially biased? Or is it focused on stopping crime wherever it poses a threat?” - Available on Films on Demand through the McDonald-Kelce Library.
Jane Balfour Films. (1995). Race and Madness. Films on Demand. - “A doctor explains that a model of panic has been created around race and psychiatry because many of the attributes that are wrongly associated with Black people are also associated with irrationality and violence.” - Available on Films on Demand through the McDonald-Kelce Library.
Myers, V. (2014, November). How to Overcome Our Biases? Walk Boldly Toward Them. TED. – “Our biases can be dangerous, even deadly — as we've seen in the cases of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and Eric Garner, in Staten Island, New York. Diversity advocate Vernā Myers looks closely at some of the subconscious attitudes we hold toward out-groups. She makes a plea to all people: Acknowledge your biases. Then move toward, not away from, the groups that make you uncomfortable. In a funny, impassioned, important talk, she shows us how.”
Reshamwala, S. (2016). Check Our Bias to Wreck Our Bias. NY Times. - “Signs of implicit bias lurk within our inboxes, social networks and the patterns of our daily lives. Looking at our own data can help us change our ways.”
Chugh, D. (2018, September 4). The Person You Mean to Be (How Good People Fight Bias). Harper Business.
Fleming, C. M. (2018). How to Be Less Stupid About Race: On Racism, White Supremacy, and the Racial Divide. Beacon Press.
Jana, T. (2016). Overcoming Bias: Building Authentic Relationships Across Differences. Berrett-Koehler Publishers.
Kendi, I. (2019, August 13). How to be an Antiracist. Penguin Random House LLC.
Picca, L., & Feagin, J. (2020). Two-faced racism: Whites in the backstage and frontstage. Routledge.
Reynolds, J. & Kendi, I. (2020). Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You. Little, Brown and Company.
Toldson, I. (2019). No BS (Bad Stats): Black People Need People Who Believe in Black People Enough Not to Believe Every Bad Thing They Hear about Black People. Brill | Sense.
Treitler, V. B. (2013). The ethnic project: Transforming racial fiction into ethnic factions. Stanford University Press.
Wise, T. (2011). White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privaleged Son. Soft Skull Press.
Feng, Z., Liu, Y., Wang, Z. & Savani, K. (2020, July 21). Research: A Method for Overcoming Implicit Bias When Considering Job Candidates. Harvard Business Review.
Sparks, D. (2020, June 19). Overcoming Racial Bias: Acknowledge it and Talk with Children. Mayo Clinic News Network.