Bias, prejudice, and intolerance are interwoven into the fabric of societies all over the world. Religious, racial, ethnic, cultural, and gender bias are so pervasive that often people are unaware of how their lives and livelihoods are influenced and affected by bias. This presentation explores and describes some of the ways bias, prejudice, and intolerance are part and parcel of our daily lives. Some attention will be paid to defining bias and explaining how it leads to prejudice, intolerance, and even more harmful attitudes and beliefs. Major attention will focus on examples of how these attitudes and beliefs shape behaviors and how these behaviors show up in ordinary life. Finally, some strategies and techniques will be identified which may minimize the more negative effects of bias, prejudice, and intolerance.

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will be able to identify implicit and explicit bias.
  • Participants will be able to analyze how bias influences or affects behavior.
  • Participants will recognize and respond to the effects of bias.