We can’t leverage diversity and create inclusive workplaces if we don’t examine our own biases and learn how to filter them out.
1- Become aware that we all have biases. Some biases are unconscious.. We don’t realize we’re thinking a certain way. In other situations people are aware of their judgments of other groups and think those judgements are facts. You can work through bias and see people in a new way.
2- Notice your initial thoughts when you are around people different than you
3- Think and ask yourself:
– Where did this particular bias originate?
– What’s different today?
4- Determine whether you are forming an opinion based on an individual’s actions, or because of a stereotype you have about the group you think they represent
5- If you have a bias about another person, be open to the possibility that you may be wrong, and be willing to accept evidence that is counter to your belief
` Be conscious of your biases before you act on them
6- Take advantage of opportunities to interact with people who are different than you
7- Be aware of you biases about specific groups and think of people you know from those groups that don’t fit that stereotype
8- As an exercise in breaking through bias, create a dialogue where you play each other’s roles. You’ll be surprised and more knowledgeable about diversity.