Thursday, March 10, 2016

Unconscious Bias Keynote Address (Cook Ross), 4/25, 7:00 a.m.

The EVC's Diversity & Inclusion Cabinet invite faculty, staff, students and other colleagues 
to learn about Unconscious Bias at an keynote address:

April 25, 2016 
7:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. 
School of Nursing Auditorium
ITV to Wichita Santa Fe Room, Salina Board Room
(light breakfast items provided)

The University of Kansas Medical Center seeks to build and support a diverse, inclusive and interprofessional environment that optimizes its ability to meet its missions.  These missions are to educate the next generation of health care providers and leaders, conduct research that improves health and health care delivery, and provide high-quality, patient-centered health care to the citizens of Kansas and the region.

Strategies to improve the diversity and cultural competence of faculty, staff and students have evolved at KUMC.  As part of the EVC’s Diversity & Inclusion Cabinet, KUMC leaders along with faculty, staff and students have realized the need for formal, comprehensive education and training in the area of Unconscious Bias (UB).  

UB is the phenomenon hidden bias that emerges from individual lived experiences, particularly in the moment of decision-making.  Further, UB plays a part in the workplace, educational institutions and the healthcare setting through organizational culture and policies such as admissions decisions, performance management, and quality care.  To advance the KUMC vision to build and support a diverse and inclusive environment, knowledge of UB and how to mitigate bias is essential for ongoing development.

The Association of American Medical Colleges has partnered with Cook Ross, a consulting firm that specializes in organizational cultural development including diversity and inclusion issues.  Cook Ross is recognized among academic health centers as the leader in providing training in UB.  

 Examine participants background and identity so that they can interact more authentically with co-workers, customers, and the community
 Explore how the brain functions so that they can recognize unconscious bias as a natural function of the human mind
Expose patterns of Unconscious Bias so that they can navigate their impact on decision-making
Confront their own biases so that they can practice conscious awareness
Identify organizational leverage points so that they can mitigate the impact of unconscious bias in interactions, processes, and structures
 Practice strategies and tools so that they can create systemic change in their organization 

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