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Date: Monday, November 18th
Time: 10:30am - 12:00pm
Venue: Plaza Meeting Room P5


Abstract: To build an inclusive team and work environment that respects and values differences, it is essential to look at our mindset and our behaviours. Unconscious biases are the mental shortcuts our brains take to help us make decisions quickly. When we understand how those biases influence our behaviour, we can take action to create an inclusive culture – one where everyone can contribute, innovate, and provide the best scientific solutions for our communities. Session Description: Mitigating Unconscious Bias @ Work is an introduction to the concept of unconscious bias and some practical tips to manage those biases. The session is aimed at raising awareness of how unconscious biases work, and how they can negatively influence workplace and team interactions. Awareness is an important first step in mitigating unconscious bias and giving our first thoughts a second look. Recommended (optional) Pre-work: We encourage participants to take the Implicit Harvard implicit bias tests to gain greater awareness about their own biases. The test is done online and it is free. The test can inform your unconscious bias based on age, race, gender, weight, aboriginal, sexuality, countries or skin-tone.

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