The UC Managing Implicit Bias Series is a six-course online training series designed to increase awareness of implicit bias and reduce its impact at the University. The series reinforces the UC diversity, equity, and inclusion values that enable the University to attract and retain a top talent workforce, and it further supports the UC commitment to developing effective leaders and managers of people. It is intended to supplement existing location programs and resources.

Employees may complete individual courses, or the entire series. Those who complete all six online courses will receive the UC Systemwide HR Managing Implicit Bias Certificate. The series will also be added as a core requirement to the existing UC Systemwide People Management Series and Certificate. As a UC People Manager, being aware of implicit bias and how it impacts the way we work and interact with others is especially important.

The series contains the following six self-paced, online interactive courses. Each course is 15 to 20 minutes in length.

The courses are as follows:

Course Content Summary
1. What is Implicit Bias? Understand how the brain uses shortcuts and schema to process stimuli. Learn how attitudes, stereotypes and biases form. Differentiate between explicit and implicit biases.
2. The Impact of Implicit Bias Explore ways in which implicit bias can influence our actions and how that influence can have unwanted, real-world repercussions.
3. Managing the Influence of Implicit Bias: Awareness Assessing your implicit biases is the first step in managing their influence. Recognize situations wherein you are more prone to the influence of bias. Recognize external factors that make you more prone to the influence of bias. Evaluate whether you are being influenced by bias.
4. Common Forms of Bias Understand common forms of bias so you can better detect when they occur.
5. Managing the Influence of Implicit Bias: Mindfulness and Conscious De-Biasing Learn ways to minimize the influence of implicit bias through mindfulness and conscious de-biasing strategies.
6. Managing Implicit Bias in the Hiring Process Examine how de-biasing strategies can be applied to a specific workplace process. Design and implement procedures and structures that protect against the influence of bias during hiring, such as utilizing diverse search networks and hiring committees, tracking demographics at each stage, blinding resumes, crafting appropriate candidate evaluations and more.

How do I participate?

To receive credit, UC Employees should log into the UC Learning Center and search the catalog for the Managing Implicit Bias course titles. They can also contact their location Human Resources Training, Learning and Development for assistance.

Non-UC employees can take these courses as well. Visit Systemwide Talent Management eCourses for access.