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  • Heighten your awareness of bias externally AND internally  Reflect
  • Be brutally honest with yourself  
  • Require yourself to be uncomfortable  
  • Identify the root of a belief, look for data  
  • When encountering a stereotype, bias, preference or opinion with no data to back it, ask ‘why am I thinking this?’  
  • Pursue flexibility, resilience in the face of natural brittle response to any issues of race or difference. Let your defensive reaction guide your efforts.  
  • Invest metacognitive effort for awareness and change 
  • Examine your thinking and biases surrounding them
    • Explore where this bias is rooted
    • Investigate any groups of people you ‘don’t like’ find unpleasant or avoid in general
    • Increase your exposure to someone in this group and connect with them (share a meal or beverage or a laugh)
    • Develop strategies to mitigate or correct your bias. Look for opportunities to practice and do so.  
  • Examine how you delineate groups for activities or introductions? (boy/girl, black/white, height) Instead employ characteristics that connect:   
    • preferences – food, hobbies, fonts, mountains or beach? mornings or nights?   
    • skills – singing, dancing  
    • experience – been out of the country? ever run out of gas? broken bone or all intact?

Self-talk: Set or reset yourself

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  • I can be uncomfortable to make all students/colleagues/people we serve and EVERYONE comfortable.
  • I want to be inclusive and have much to learn. 
  • Correction and error will help me get to my goal of inclusivity. 
  • This is not about me and my intent. 
  • Am I in a learning posture? Or defending something (what?)?