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Racial bias in organisations

In this video Jean Jimbo and Abadesi Osunsade discuss racial bias within organisations.

In this video, Jean and Abadesi discuss how racial biases show up in organisations, and what strategies companies can use to address this. The discussion offers solutions for organisations to set out strategic improvements, including:

  • Improving hiring practices
  • Supporting affinity groups
  • Supporting anti-racist education and policies
  • Checking privileges as often as you check your spelling
  • Checking the use of language in internal documents, processes and products

Abadesi mentions ‘affinity bias’, which happens when we ‘gravitate toward people like ourselves in appearance, beliefs, and background’ (1).

In the comments section below discuss the following:

  • Can you name any organisations that are effectively tackling racism?
  • Have you observed any of them carrying out solutions suggested here?
  • Remember to read and respond to your fellow learners’ comments.


Lean In, 2021. Understanding affinity bias, one common gender bias women face at work

Further resources: 1. Racial Literacy in Tech

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