Unconscious Bias Training


What is UB?

Unconscious bias (UB) is often defined as a systematic thinking error. It is our unintended people preference; it happens automatically and is triggered by our brain making quick judgments and assessments of people and situations.
UB is caused by a variety of external factors such as our background, cultural environment, and personal experiences. Everyone has it, but that does not make us bad; it makes us human. While we cannot completely rid ourselves of unconscious bias, we can learn how to recognize it and lessen its impact in all interpersonal interactions in everyday life or in the workplace.
Biases, conscious or unconscious, are not limited to ethnicity alone. Though racial bias and discrimination is well documented, biases may exist toward and from any social group and personal category. One’s age, gender, identity, physical abilities, religion, sexual orientation, weight, and many other characteristics are subject to bias. Ethnicity, is the particular (not exclusive) lens that we choose to enter this conversation.

What you'll learn?

UB is far more prevalent than conscious prejudice and often incompatible with our conscious values. Certain scenarios can activate unconscious attitudes and beliefs. They cannot be accessed through introspection. Through our UB workshops we will help you move from awareness to action, learning how to interrupt bias and leverage the full potential of all of God’s children within Leicester diocese.
Build awareness to understand what unconscious bias is and why it matters. Understand the impact of unconscious bias at work and the impact it has on your decision making. Develop skills to help you recognize and take action to manage bias. Create a goal-setting plan to work toward inclusive leadership by managing your unconscious bias. Unconscious bias Guide provided to all participants; when possible, tailored to context.

Who is this for?

Ideally we would hope that everyone within Leicester diocese would have the opportunity to participate in a UB workshop. More realistically, we suggest that UB training be made available to:
- all licensed, authorised, and commissioned ministers
- anyone in a senior management role (especially if involved in recruitment), and leading a strategic diocesan project
- Anyone in key diocesan governance body (e.g. DBF, DBE, Bishop’s Council, Youth Council, and any other relevant body)
- any PCC (especially before the appointment of a new minister)
- any group, church, team wanting to raise awareness and set actionable goals that would lead to greater diversity and inclusion in their mission and ministry. 
 

Who will deliver the workshop?

We have run three successful pilot initiatives in the last quarter of 2018. These UB workshops were delivered by external facilitators. We have since built internal capacity, and now have four trainers who will help deliver UB workshop across the diocese. We hope that, in time, we will be able to build up our team of trainers to attend to the anticipated increased need for UB workshops.

When and where will it be?

There are a number of dates and venues available for any individual or group wanting to participate in a UB workshop. Contact us for details of a UB workshop near you. Email or call Lusa Nsenga-Ngoy T: 0116 261 5323 lusa.ngoy@leccofe.org.

How long and how much?

Each session delivered by our diocesan team will typically run over half a day (3hrs) and cater for up to 20 people at one time. Costs will typically involve venue hire, hospitality, and (re)production of training material (where applicable). However, if any particular group wanted to use the expertise of external facilitators, they could be directed to trusted organisations. Inevitably this option comes at a significant cost.

Finally…

In order to create real change, we need to understand Unconscious Bias as a fundamental social justice issue that gives birth to all kinds of -isms in our society. Awareness alone is not enough to create culture change. Our workshops will not solely focus on concepts and theories that may be intellectually stimulating, but will look at integrating actionable recommendations relevant to each context.

 


Resources 

Here are some videos to help you think about the issues. We hope to be able to provide more video and online training resources here soon.