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DEI Read & Learn

Resources for learning more about diversity, equity & inclusion topics, from the library's DEI Committee

Kirwan Institute's Learning Modules

Excellent Summary

On why an entire issue of Family Medicine was being devoted to implicit bias and racism:

"Racism is not a scheme to blame white people for everything, make them feel guilty, or appropriate or reappropriate wealth. Racism is the belief or notion that race is the primary determinant of human traits and capacities and that these racial differences result in inherent superiority or inferiority. This is more detrimental than stereotyping, which is an overgeneralized, oversimplified image, idea, belief, or judgment about a group that is then applied uncritically as true to each individual in the group. ...The form of racism that slithers quietly below the surface decreasing our ability to love our neighbors as ourselves can be referred to as implicit social cognition, or implicit bias. ...Although race is hard to define and often comes down to the “eye test,” this clumsy and unreliable way of separating human beings into groups is a marker associated with health outcomes, unequal treatment, and reflexive thinking. It is also an opportunity to hope and work for change." More

--Stephen A. Wilson, MD, MPH

Full cite: Stephen A. Wilson, MD, MPH. Racism is Real. Racism is Complicated. Racism is Real Complicated. Fam Med. 2019;51(1):8-10. DOI: 10.22454/FamMed.2019.413518

Bias Cleanse!

Interested in learning about your own biases and how to mitigate them? Consider going on a Bias Cleanse!

MTV's Look Different campaign and the Kirwan Institute have partnered in this interactive self-awareness program to help you identify some of YOUR biases pertaining to race, gender, and LGBTQ+ issues , plus learn how to recognize and address these reactions and behaviors.

When you sign up, for one week you'll receive daily email messages with reflections for you to consider as you go through your day. Try it!

Learn more about Implicit Bias

Implicit bias: attitudes or stereotypes that affect our understanding, actions, and decisions in an unconscious manner.  More

We all have implicit biases, based on information we have received throughout our lives. We want to believe that we are unbiased, fair, and objective people, that we always consider and treat everyone the same. Unfortunately, implicit bias can lead us to automatically behave or react in contrary ways, often without our conscious awareness.

The good news is that we CAN learn to mitigate our own implicit biases.There is no one way to do this, no magic or "best" method, but most methods involve three components:

1.  Awareness: Cultivating deep and constant awareness that this kind of bias exists in all of us. Recognize that gut reactions are likely System 1 thinking. 

2. Questioning thoughts and behaviorsWe don’t have to (and shouldn't) allow System 1 to run our lives. Question your instinctual reactions. Challenge your own negative reactions & stereotypes.   

​3. Remembering and learning: "I have recognized this bias in myself. I don’t have to let it take over. When I make a mistake and it takes over, I will apologize and work to make amends. I will repeat this cycle as necessary; I can learn to say no to System 1."


pointing handSee also Unconscious Bias Handout from Enact Solutions for more methods; see also Every Single Cognitive Bias Infographic for fun and edification!

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