Implicit Bias Training and Resources

Training Options

For Beginners

For an introduction to implicit bias, individuals are welcome to register for our 3-hour "Exploring the Influences of Implicit Bias on Our Work and Lives" offered through our Building University of Iowa Leadership for Diversity (BUILD) Certificate Program.

New sessions available every academic year.

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For Search Committees

If you are part of a search committee and would like to request an implicit bias training for your committee members, please complete our Service Request Form.

Feel free to also check out Faculty Search Committee Practices to Advance Equity from the University of Iowa Office of the Provost.

Take the Implicit Association Test (IAT)!
Feel free to use our reflection handout to consider your results.

Other Resources

Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity: Implicit Bias Module Series

The Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity, an interdisciplinary engaged research institute at The Ohio State University, offers a free and publicly available online implicit bias module series. Though this series is tailored toward K-12 Educators, Module 1 (Understanding Implicit Bias), Module 3 (Understanding Your Own Biases), and Module 4 (Mitigating Unwanted Biases) includes content that is transferable to other areas of academia and organizations more generally.

Click here to access the Kirwan Institute Online Implicit Bias Module Series.

UCLA Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion: Implicit Bias Video Series

This publicly accessible video series begins with an introductory video that describes how biases and heuristics can influence our decision-making and behavior without us even knowing it. It is then followed by six short video lessons on the following topics.

Upper Midwest HERC, University of Minnesota, and Minnesota State: Unconscious Bias in the Search Process Module

This information was developed by Upper Midwest HERC member institutions including the University of Minnesota and the Minnesota State colleges and universities, with assistance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Click here to access the Upper Midwest HERC Search Process Module

Stanford University: VMware Women’s Leadership Innovation Lab See Bias | Block Bias Tools

The VMware Women’s Leadership Innovation Lab at Stanford University generates foundational research to advance women’s leadership by diagnosing barriers, developing and evaluating interventions to get beyond barriers, and disseminates research-based solutions by bridging the gap between research and practice. The lab has a collection of See Bias | Block Bias Tools that include Diagnosing Bias, Assessing Performance and Potential, Block Bias, The Redesigning, Redefining Work Videobook, and several related video resources.

Click here for Stanford University's See Bias | Block Bias Tools

Government of Canada and the Canada Research Chairs Program – Unconscious Bias Training

There is overwhelming scientific evidence that unconscious bias may influence peer review and the evaluation and selection of candidates from graduate admissions through faculty hiring. This online unconscious bias training module, provided by the Government of Canada, explains what unconscious bias is, outlines how it can affect the peer review process, and suggests ways to mitigate the influence of unconscious bias. Though focused on peer review, this online module includes content that is transferable to other areas of academia including graduate admissions, postdoc selection, and faculty hiring.

Click here for Government of Canada Unconscious Bias Training

Project READY: Module on Implicit Bias and Microaggressions

The Project READY  curriculum is the culmination of three years of work by a team of educators, library staff, and youth. Their site hosts a series of free, online professional development modules for school and public youth services librarians, library administrators, and others interested in improving their knowledge about race and racism, racial equity, and culturally sustaining pedagogy. The primary focus of the Project READY curriculum is on improving relationships with, services to, and resources for youth of color and Native youth.

Click here for Project READY's module on implicit bias and microaggressions