THE CAMPAIGN

 IMPLICIT BIAS EFFECTS EVERYONE  

 

WHAT IS IMPLICIT BIAS? 

Implicit bias is often called Implicit Association, Implicit Social Cognition, or Unconscious Bias. These are processes at work at an unconscious level that shape the way we perceive and judge each other. These processes are fed by the stigmas of society and eventually represent the attitudes that we have toward different groups of people. Most people don't even realize that these biased attitudes are there. However, they are very real. These biases result in automatic responses in thought, attitudes, and actions that can have negative impacts on the way we interact with each other. These underlying narratives often unintentionally promote discrimination based on RACE, GENDER EXPRESSION, SEX, SEXUAL ORIENTATION, ABILITY, POLITICAL AFFILIATION, etc. The good thing about this is that raising our awareness is the first step in implementing changes. How do we address a problem if we don't know that it exists? The more you understand implicit bias, the better chance we have at correct its implications. If you do your part, together we can create a more equitable and inclusive society. Below you will find a few of many resources to help you #ReachBeyondBias. Reaching Beyond Bias is a platform designed to raise awareness about unconscious bias and other diversity, equity, and inclusion topics. Please get connected with us, and check out our podcast "Reachin'" to take part in our ongoing dialogues! 

 

  
 

Click here to be redirected to Harvard's Project Implicit . There, you can test your bias, and you can also learn more about Project Implicit and the research behind their implicit bias studies. 

We all have it. Let's do something about it!

Step 2: Take Control
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THINK
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Consider the overall implicit bias results for everyone who has taken the White-Black race test:

Given this pattern for the population as a whole, how might experiences in America be different for black citizens or white citizens? Given similar patterns of bias against other stigmatized groups (people of color, women, LGBTQ+ community, persons with disabilities, etc.), how might experiences of people with dominant identities differ from those with marginalized identities?

 

Is this the pattern among school teachers? ...among lawmakers? ...among voters? ...among police? ...among bankers, real-estate agents, landlords? ... doctors?

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REACH

Consciously seek new experiences. 

Harmful biases are formed through repeated exposure to stereotypes and stigmas in our culture. We can reverse or counter these patterns if we make conscious choices. Here are just a few easy ways to practice #ReachingBeyondBias :

 

  • Avoid watching TV shows, playing games, or indulging online spaces that promote negative stereotypes about people of color, women, transgender or queer people, and other stigmatized groups.

  • Expand your mind by seeking out TV shows, literature, and games with diverse, rich, and fully human stories that run counter to those unwanted biases.

  • Push beyond your comfort zone by seeking interactions with people or by choosing to learn more about people who counter your unconscious stereotypes.

  • Practice being mindful of the way that your implicit biases may be shaping your perceptions and judgments so that it does not come through in your behavior.

 

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Implicit bias is one of the underlying causes for discrimination and mis-education of the Human race. It effects the way that we see the world, and it effects the way that we see ourselves. It is limiting the opportunities of far too many children and adults all over the world, and we need to take proactive steps forward.

 

Reaching Beyond Bias is an organization committed to raising awareness about implicit bias and other diversity topics as well as creating sustainable social growth through constructive dialogues, community outreach, education, and advocacy. Founded in the heart of Michigan, we can trace our beginning to campus initiatives at Central Michigan University. With the help of some of those university students and staff, and in collaboration with community organizations such as the Mount Pleasant Area Diversity Group, the original project “Reach Beyond Bias” became a campus-wide awareness campaign that sparked dialogue across diverse communities in the area. With dreams of creating a movement with a larger outreach, we decided to branch off into two separate, but identical entities.

In order to preserve the original project and its contributors, the website can still be accessed at www.reachbeyondbias.com which is now used as an educational tool and resource within the community. Our goal at Reaching Beyond Bias is to expand upon ideas brought forth through the Reach Beyond Bias initiative even further and to create a platform that is global, innovative, and challenges the world to practice #reachingbeyondbias in their daily lives.