Understanding Unconscious Bias (EDHR03)

Course overview

Organisations benefit from inclusive work cultures through increased productivity, by mitigating the risk of unlawful discrimination and being able to draw on a larger pool of talent by attracting and retaining people from diverse backgrounds.

This half day program, facilitated by external consultants, iHR Australia, will help academic and professional staff to understand the importance of identifying unconscious bias as a way of promoting an inclusive work culture. iHR’s facilitator and professional actors will utilise their unique format of Workplace Reality Theatre to re-enact real workplace situations, specifically chosen for ANU that highlight various common workplace behaviours.

Who should attend

For all academic and professional staff, this half day program will provide participants with skills to deal positively and effectively with unconscious bias in a variety of situations in their workplace.

Key takeaways

At the end of the program participants will be able to:

  • Understand the importance of identifying unconscious bias as a way of promoting an inclusive work culture
  • Conduct effective conversations to address potential bias when observed in the workplace
  • Act appropriately on matters raised during discussions including referring serious allegations of bias.

What the course will cover

Topics addressed will include:

  • What is unconscious bias? Understand where biases come from, common types of bias and how bias can impact the workplace, including unlawful discrimination and harassment
  • How to respond to unconscious bias in oneself? Becoming aware of your own biases and being aware of techniques you can use to challenge the assumptions and beliefs that may give rise to unconscious bias
  • How to respond to unconscious bias in others? Choosing an appropriate forum to raise issues of bias and how to structure your feedback when responding to observed bias in others

When can I attend

  • 21 February 2017, 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
  • 22 February 2017, 9.30am – 1:30pm
  • 19 June 2017, 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
  • 20 June 2017 9.30am – 1.30pm

Requests from local areas, for tailored Unconscious Bias training in addition to the courses offered, may be sent to HR Career Development at careerdev@anu.edu.au.

Cost

$250.00 per participant.

For non-attendance/cancellation of a course with fees, the following charges will apply, unless the registrant nominates a colleague (who meets the eligibility criteria for the course) to attend in their place.

a. Notification of cancellation received within 0 – 5 working days of the course date will incur a charge equivalent to 100% of course fees

b. Notification of cancellation received within 6 – 10 working days of the course date will incur a charge equivalent to 50% of course fees

Please note for non-attendance due to illness or caring responsibilities, reasonable evidence will be required to waive the non-attendance fee.

Registrations

A requirement of the registration process is to discuss and obtain the following from your supervisor:

  • Approval to attend the training program; and
  • Local area charging code