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Confirmation bias

Confirmation bias happens when we demonstrate a tendency to seek information that confirms what we already believe. This is a bias towards collecting support for the beliefs, values, and assumptions …

Affinity bias

Affinity bias is the unconscious tendency to get along with others who are like us. It is easy to socialize and spend time with others who are not different. It …

Define unconscious bias

Unconscious bias is implicit. It is unintended and subtle, based on unconscious thought. Typically unconscious bias happens involuntarily without any awareness or intentional control. If you are a human being …

Describing, interpreting, and evaluating

We can use describing, interpreting, and evaluating as a bridging technique when faced with diversity or differences. This bridging technique fosters a meta-cognition that helps us treat diverse others as …

Putting it together

Please allow me to demonstrate describing, interpreting, and evaluating this image. When I first saw this image, I jumped to an incorrect conclusion that this scene was an abandoned burial …

Evaluating differences and diversity

Remember when we face diversity and difference, we first describe what we see, hear, or feel. From these descriptions we make meaning. We then interpret. These interpretations lead to evaluations …

Interpreting differences

In the last step you described what you saw. Now we want you to interpret what you see in the scene. Be sure not to evaluate yet. Remember interpreting comes …

Describing diversities

What do you see in this scene? Describe what you see. Please do not interpret or evaluate what you see. Restrict yourself to only describing. The challenge in this assignment …

What do you see?

This scene is the focus for our learning in the following three steps. Please look at the scene. Study the scene carefully. What do you see? We will ask you …

Managing thoughts and emotions

According to Dr. Mick Vande Berg, the third phase of developing diversity dexterity is to manage thoughts and emotions when faced with differences in others. I wish to share a …

Treating others

It was about 15 years ago when Omari and I went to lunch together. Omari was a graduate student. We worked together teaching classes at Purdue University. Omari is African …

Rules and biases

Self-awareness is, at the minimum, understanding your own diversity and culturally determined identity, rules, and biases. As you develop this self-awareness, you can clearly articulate your own identity, rules, and …

More identity work

The Diversity Wheel from Johns Hopkins Medical Center includes the following types of diversities: age, gender identity or expression, gender, national origin, sexual orientation, mental and physical ability, race and …

Comfortable and uncomfortable identities

The Diversity Wheel from Johns Hopkins Medical Center includes the following types of diversities: age, gender identity or expression, gender, national origin, sexual orientation, mental and physical ability, race and …

Your visible and invisible identities

Becoming self-aware of diversity requires self-examination of your own identity. Let’s do some identification and reflection work leading to self-awareness. The Diversity Wheel from Johns Hopkins Medical Center includes the …