On the Issues: Unconscious Bias—Knowing What You Don’t Know, April 12

Join the Law School on Wednesday, April 12, at 12:15 p.m. in the Lubar Center for “Unconscious Bias—Knowing What You Don’t Know.”  

Derek Mosley, director of Marquette Law School’s Lubar Center for Public Policy Research and Civic Education, will provide an introduction to unconscious bias. Join us for a special presentation open to Marquette colleagues and the larger community.  

Unconscious bias is a learned stereotype that is automatic, unintentional, deeply ingrained, universal and able to influence behavior.  

Unconscious bias seeps into decisions that affect recruitment, retention, hiring, access to healthcare, banking, housing, education, the justice system, providing services, interpersonal interactions and outcomes in ways that can disadvantage both individuals and groups of people.  

We all have some form of unconscious bias, and the key is to recognize that we have it and employ techniques to mitigate it.

Participants will: 

  1. Be able to define unconscious bias.
  2. Learn to assess and measure their unconscious bias.
  3. Learn the history of unconscious bias in America.
  4. Learn how, subconsciously, decisions are being made in their minds.
  5. Learn how unconscious bias affects everyday life.
  6. Finally, learn ways to mitigate their bias.

There will also be opportunities for conversation and reflection during the program. 

Please register here to attend. A light lunch will be available.