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Industry Event: Unconscious Bias

Thu 19 November, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

What? In this virtual workshop Interculture CIC’s Founding Director Lisa Whitehouse explains unconscious bias and how it manifests and affects organisations through reflecting and reviewing recruitment and diversity practices.

We ran a session on Unconscious Bias with Creative Access in June, but as it is such a fundamental cornerstone to understanding some of the deeper inclusion processes we are visiting this again to make sure that all SMEs can access this learning.

In this session participants will…

  • Be encouraged to reflect on their own unconscious bias and discuss ways of reducing them such as widening and diversifying networks
  • Address how unconscious bias causes issues of social inequality and diversity within the creative industry
  • Learn to understand how to analyse diversity data and what to do with it
  • Be given a safe space to share their thoughts, experiences and ideas without worrying about saying the right things
  • Reflect on diversity development practices.
  • Be encouraged to think about where they get their information from about minorities and to question sources.
  • Be able to reflect and understand the importance of using appropriate language and terms
  • Share experiences – how and where did it go wrong and what we can learn to do better
  • Understand how to effectively diversify recruitment and not just be “open to everyone”
  • Set points for future positive actions to work through

The session will be mostly discussion based with design and delivery of relative concepts, ideas and statistics. Come with an open mind, ready to share and participate.

Interculture’s definition of unconscious bias:

“Unconscious biases are social stereotypes about certain groups of people that individuals form outside their own conscious awareness. Everyone holds unconscious beliefs about various social and identity groups, and these biases stem from one’s tendency to organize social worlds by categorizing.”

There is a linked session on Othering.

How do the unconscious bias and othering sessions fit together?

Unconscious bias is when we let stereotypes govern our perceptions of a person or group. Othering is when we act on those assumptions. These are two cycles of unconscious and conscious thought, but are intrinsically linked. Working on active awareness is key to breaking these cycles.

Who’s it for?​

Aimed at decision makers/ senior managers in creative SMEs in the West of England. These sessions are designed for individuals to begin learning about the subject area and for those who feel they need to revisit the topic.

If you are interested in signing up for this workshop and taking part in the Creative Workforce for the Future programme, please e-mail: creative.workforce@bristolbathcreative.org


Thu 19 November, 2020
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm


Creative Workforce for the Future