Think Pieces includes a selection of slideshares and videos selected to raise awareness of unconscious bias, how it threatens receptiveness to novelty and how our biases can so easily affect those with whom we interact and teach.
Emma, a geobiologist's awareness raising about implicit bias
Description: A short story on how a female scientist, surprised by her own high score pertaining to implicit bias, developed means to avoid or limit the effect her biases were likely to have on others.
Application: The story, told through the two slideshares highlights that being biased can come as a surprise but that there are practical ways to address it.
Presentations on Unconscious Bias and Higher Education
Two Powerpoint presentations 'Presentations on Unconscious Bias and Higher Education' and 'Unconscious Bias in Teaching and Learning' for HE colleagues, prepared and delivered by Professor Debby Cotton and Dr Jennie Winter, Educational Development, PedRIO, University of Plymouth, UK. See Plymouth University’s 7 Steps to Mitigating Unconscious Bias in teaching and learning.
'Decoding Diversity: Unconscious Bias at Work' is a 38 minute, fast-paced presentation on unconscious bias and how it can affect novelty and influence inter-personal decisions. Dr. Brian Welle, Director of People Analytics at Google is addressing a group of Google engineers.
Tinna C. Nielsen’s video
Description: An unconventional and direct way to incorporate diverse competences within a large firm – without even launching specific programmes to broadly raise awareness on biases. Through the use of nudges and small tricks, Tinna Nielsen describes how when at Arla, she implemented routines that highlighted and counterbalanced unconscious biases.
Application: For us who wish to avoid century-long discussions or to drown in gender theories, here is an encouraging voice that there are direct ways to increase return on investment. Ways to ‘cheat ourselves’ past the biases.
TEDx talk by Tinna C. Nielsen
Move the Elephant for Inclusiveness – created by Tinna C. Nielsen
'Move the Elephant for Inclusiveness collaborates with people from all walks of life and with private and public organisations, NGO’s, non-profits, social entrepreneurs, and change makers all over the world. The purpose is to enable them to make changes for inclusiveness from their sphere of influence'
Inclusion Nudges – by Tinna C. Nielsen and Lisa Kepinski
The book 'Inclusion Nudges' provides practical examples of how to address unconscious bias from three approaches: Feel the Need – awareness raising; Process – changes at organisational level and Framing – challenging and changing our frames of reference. Visit the Inclusion Nudges website for more information about the non-profit Initiative.
Tinna is currently working as a consultant with SDU's Gender Equality Team
Science and Gender
See Nature's Special (2013) on women and science. And read Jennifer Raymond, neurobiologist at Stanford University on facing up to our biases towards women in science.
Decolonising the Curriculum
Description: In June 2020, students at the University of Birmingham, UK converted their planned conference on ‘Decolonising the Curriculum’ to a series of five webinars. You can either access all of the webinar recordings from the links below or the conference Youtube channel.
Applications: The Decolonising the Curriculum Resources and the five webinars from det conference:
1. Professor Kehinde Andrews: 'Black Studies as the Science of Liberation.' Available at: https://youtu.be/E_5EJ4hiX-I
2. Dr Patricia Noxolo: ‘(Post)COVID-19 Online Learning Opportunities & Dangers for Black Students & Staff.’ Available at: https://youtu.be/0pXVs60HETE and PPT link
3. Daniel Stone: ‘Student activism and breaking down barriers to decolonising the curriculum.’ Available at: https://youtu.be/VmujcCqNfxg
4. Augustine Farinola: 'Black Heritage and Epistemic Pathways to Decolonising the Curriculum.' Available at: https://youtu.be/qepNh7N2-qA and links to resources
5. Dr. Emanuelle Santos: 'Decolonise the curriculum: beyond the buzzword toward actual change.' Available at https://youtu.be/Dgcs5b_0zAE
You can follow the students ongoing work on decolonising the curriculum through these social media sites: