UC San Diego professor to discuss unconscious bias and how to counter it
- Friday, September 27, 2019 at 2:10pm
- Norm Asbjornson Hall, Room 165 - view map
Alison Coil, Professor of Physics, Ingrid and Joseph W. Hibben Chair, Associate Dean for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion & Faculty Equity Advisor, Division of Physical Sciences at the Center for Astrophysics & Space Sciences at the University of California, San Diego, will present "Unconscious Bias: How it Works and How to Counter It."
Unconscious or implicit bias is a preference for groups that operates outside of our awareness and is based on stereotypes or attitudes that we hold and have been taught. Dr. Coil will present results from a variety of studies that show how unconscious bias plays out, and how systemic it is, with a focus on academia and the physical sciences. While she will mainly discuss faculty hiring, she will also touch on graduate admissions, review panels, recommendation letters and interruptions during talks. She will discuss how the use of rubrics can help counter unconscious bias and other techniques to use when evaluating candidates.
This lecture is sponsored by the Department of Physics.
- Department of Physics