Faculty Resources

What is Implicit Bias? 

 Implicit bias refers to the attitudes or stereotypes that affect our understanding, actions, and decisions in an unconscious manner (“State of the Science: Implicit Bias Review 2017," The Kirwan Institute). Among the key attributes of implicit biases are the following:

  • Implicit or Unconscious: Activated unconsciously and involuntarily, without being explicitly controlled
  • Bias: This bias may skew toward either a favorable or an unfavorable assessment
  • Pervasiveness: Implicit attitudes and stereotypes are robust and pervasive
  • Universal: We all have biases! The literature shows that even those individuals openly and deeply committed to equity can hold unconscious or implicit biases.  Having biases is human nature. Ignoring this inhibits our ability to mitigate these biases.

As we build the resources page to support the Agnes Scott community in understanding implicit bias, we are focusing first here on gender and classroom biases, but the center’s staff is available to provide customized workshops and to lead conversations on all aspects of bias and mitigation, and these pages will continue to be updated to reflect new information.

Learn more about implicit bias by exploring the following resources.


Introduction to Bias Resources  Gender Bias Resources 
Selected Studies on Gender Bias in Academia Digital Classroom Bias Resources
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