How do You Make the Unconscious Conscious?

    At our Oct. 16 breakfast workshop, we took a deep dive into identifying our unconscious biases (yes, we all have them) and discussing tools to be more inclusive and effective in our communication. To start the workshop, we discussed the difference between diversity and inclusion. One great example of the difference that was shared was "Diversity is being invited to the party, inclusion is being asked to dance." Our speaker, Paula L. Bazemore, Hampton Roads program manager at the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities (VCIC), noted that it was important to recognize the difference. She also provided a great example of an unconscious bias. Do you remember those MTV pop up videos (our younger members may need to Google it)? An unconscious bias is just like that pop up in the video. It's a little thing that pops up in your mind that you're not event aware of. Maybe the best reference of unconscious bias came from this Google video:

    So now that you know what unconscious bias is? How will you address it in your workplace (and beyond)? 

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