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Implicit Bias

McCombs School of Business, University of Texas at Austin

Test yourself for bias



Tips to talk about bias

  • Set ground rules for safe place and assumed intentions ‘Brave, Safe Space’ Discuss
  • Be respectful  
  • Allow constructive friction (builds understanding)  
  • Assume the best intention/come from love  
  • Expect and accept no closure  
  • Guide to receptive listening 
  • Speak your truth (no one else’s)  
  • Be present and engage  
  • Be curious — not defensive or convincing  
  • Take your notes  
  • Varied avenues for input (discussion, chat box, jam board, submitted scenarios)  
  • Ask questions  
  • Practice empathy  
  • Echo/restate 

 Tips to respond to bias:

  • Take appropriate action. Be brave 
  • Interrupt (prevent hurt/damage)  
  • Ask questions (Don’t lecture or make statements)  
  • Seek understanding, clarity  
  • Don’t correct  
  • Echo what you heard  
  • Make clear “that” is absolutely unacceptable  
  • Provide resources (teaching tolerance), educate  
  • Support anyone who is advocating, give no outlet/connection for bias, build culture of inclusion  
  • Build camaraderie around inclusion  
  • Leverage strategic plans, policies and established procedures for equity for all students  
  • What do you say to “That’s so gay” and other anti-lgbtq comments?   
  • Why Pronouns Matter 


Self-talk: Set or reset yourself

Check mark in a box

  • I can be uncomfortable to make all students 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?)? 


The JEDI Toolkit is a resource created by faculty members in the Health Sciences Department to provide guidance and recommendations to health care providers and educators who would like to learn more about equity and inclusion.