Understanding why unconscious bias exists and how it affects our decision-making processes is a key element of many successful contemporary Diversity and Inclusion programs. Recent research in brain science, social identity studies, and neurological research has allowed us to see how unconscious bias is "wired" into our brains.  Each of us has some personal collection of unconscious biases gathered over time from our families, from our culture, from our socialization, from our training, from our experiences, from the media, and from our friends.   As professionals and leaders responsible for the lives or livelihoods of others, it is important that we become aware of our own biases so that we can acknowledge their automatic influence and then choose to make a well-considered decision. This lecture will introduce a method of helping engineers to engage in conversation around diversity and inclusion issues in a non-confrontational manner using the Diversity and Knowledge cards recently published by Arup and SWE.  These cards summarize the key research available regarding some of the most common biases present in technical fields in the culture of North America.

Program Objectives
  • Identify how unconscious bias affects our decisions
  • Evaluate the importance of engineers engaging in diversity conversations in the workplace
Program Information
Date Presented:
June 09, 2015 1:00 PM Eastern
1 hour
SWE Member Price:
Non-Member Price:
Give Me the Data: Getting engineers talking about unconscious bias
Speaker Information
Erin McConahey   [ view bio ]
Individual topic purchase: Selected

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Society of Women Engineers
Total CEUs: 0.10
PDH: 1.00
SWE Member Price:$0.00
Non-Member Price:$49.00