Understanding Unconscious Bias

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Who should attend

All academic and professional staff  

Workshop Overview

Unconscious bias exists outside our awareness. Despite our best efforts to be fair and transparent, it can unconsciously influence our decision-making.  It is important that everyone is able to identify potential unconscious biases and how they impact our behaviour and interactions with others.

This half day interactive workshop will help all staff to look beyond unconscious bias, develop skills and strategies to interrupt and minimise the impact of unconscious bias and tap into and achieve the most from the diverse talents of one’s team.

Workshop Topics

Participants will explore the following areas:

  • Unconscious bias: what is it? and what are some of the bias ‘hot spots’?
  • Why is it important to address unconscious bias?
  • How to identify your own unconscious biases and how they impact your behaviour?
  • What skills and strategies can we utilise to interrupt and minimise the impact of unconscious bias?
  • Benefits of addressing bias including improved participation and workplace performance.

Learning Outcomes

At the conclusion of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Understand and identify unconscious bias;
  • Confidently apply your knowledge of unconscious bias to uncover, highlight and minimise the negative impacts of unconscious bias;
  • Create a more participatory, positive team culture, build better team relationships and improve performance.

Training Facilitator

This workshop will be delivered by an expert facilitator from Beasley Intercultural.

Ramona Singh is a specialist intercultural trainer, learning and development practitioner, change manager and executive coach, who has provided organisational learning and change solutions to governments, businesses and universities across the Asia Pacific region for more than 20 years.

Matilda Emberson is a Senior Consultant with extensive experience in enabling workplace performance through the development and delivery of customised staff development programmes. With over 3,000 hours of executive coaching across the public, private and not for profit sectors Matilda brings extensive experience in enhancing leadership effectiveness and career progression.

Tamerlaine Beasley Founder and MD of the company, Tamerlaine is an expert presenter and facilitator who enables effective collaboration and communication in diverse and global workplaces. Examples of her work include: coaching and advising business leaders in Australia and Asia; working with global teams to optimise performance; developing a framework for training and capability building through international partnerships for APEC; building local staff capacity at the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific; leading the development of diversity and inclusion programs for the Australian Public Service Commission and the Department of Defence.

What participants have said about the program:

  • Thought provoking and a great new skill set to add to the tool box. This is, using diversity and inclusion to strengthen relationships and to insert mindfulness in your daily routine, in both work and personal life
  • Great topic to raise awareness, this unconscious bias training will be effective in our workplace
  • Interesting, relevant and fascinating
  • Amazing!  A lot of A-HA! Moments.  Well worth attending.  I know I've learnt a lot and now have some practical tools to help me relate better to others

Cost

TBA

Non-Attendance Fee

The following charges will apply for non-attendance at a workshop with cost unless the registrant nominates a colleague (who meets the eligibility criteria for the course) to attend in their place.

  1. 100% charge:  Notification of cancellation received within 0–5 working days of the workshop date will incur a charge equivalent to 100% of course fees
  2. 50% charge:  Notification of cancellation received within 6–10 working days of the workshop date will incur a charge equivalent to 50% of course fees

Please note that non-attendance due to illness or caring responsibilities will require reasonable evidence to waive the non-attendance fee.

Registration

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

  1. Approval to attend the training program
  2. Local area charging code
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