The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine has provided a series of implicit bias trainings over the last few months. These include two presentations on implicit bias by The Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity, and multiple Inclusive Excellence Seminars for faculty search committee members, as well as interviewers and file reviewers for our professional DVM program admissions.
On December 16th, 2015 and January 13th, 2016 The Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity presented 'Implicit Bias: Why Being the People We want To Be Is Harder Than We Think', and 'Outsmarting Our Brains: Uncovering Implicit Biases to Harness Diversity's True Potential', respectively. The sessions provided definitions of implicit bias so that it is easier to recognize and overcome. Also covered in the presentation was the effect of implicit bias in the real world as it applied to evaluation of applicants for jobs, educational opportunities, and faculty positions. Please visit this link for more information: http://kirwaninstitute.osu.edu/research/understanding-implicit-bias/.
In the Inclusive Excellence Seminar for the Faculty Search Committee, members of the faculty search committee learned how to increase their understanding of implicit bias and the impact of implicit bias on the evaluation of faculty candidates. The college has developed and defined a process to minimize the impact of biases on decision making with the overarching goal of broadening the search process and ensuring equitable consideration of all faculty candidates.
In the Inclusive Excellence Seminar for Admissions, interviewers and file reviewers for the professional DVM program candidates learned about the importance of recruiting for diversity. For example, individuals from diverse backgrounds bring new ideas and increase the likelihood of creative solutions to the challenges facing our community and the profession. The interviewers also learned about the positive and negative implicit biases we may all carry, and how decision guides used in the admissions process can reduce bias during candidate selection.