Implicit bias is a theory that suggests how we interact and treat others is based on inherited and learned stereotypes and prejudices. The assumptions we make about the world color how we see things and others.
When looking at training and work to check a person’s implicit bias, the aim is usually to just make them better aware of their biases and how it’s affecting their behavior, thoughts, and words. The goal being if you’re made aware of your bias and what it’s rooted in, you will make a change. But what if you don’t?
In this episode, I talk with Dr. Scott Richardson, the Chief Diversity and Inclusion officer at the University of Houston Clear Lake about implicit bias, the shortcoming of not holding others accountable, and how this lack of accountability plays out in academic settings with underprepared students.