BEYOND BIAS TRAINING
The limitation of unconscious bias training
Unconscious Bias training (UBT) as the default or preferred method to combat or reduce discrimination and prejudice in the workplace and other institutional settings, is continuing to attract significant criticisms and pushback on methodological, political and ethical grounds. In our opinion, those criticisms are warranted. Valid. And require thorough reflection.
Tackling the reproduction of racism, discrimination and exclusion at micro-levels within organisations is ABSOLUTELY necessary and although all unconscious bias training courses are certainly not created equal… racism occurs at ALL levels of organisational functioning and processes, including at meso and macro levels (e.g. groups dynamics, institutional policies and procedures, organisational culture).
Thus…let’s be clear that;
*Exclusively or primarily focusing on unconscious bias to tackle racial (& other) inequality is a losing battle…
*Exclusively or primarily focusing on unconscious bias to tackle racial (& other) inequality thus amounts to structural racism (and sexism, and ableism…)
*Organisations serious about tackling inequality, injustice and discrimination must take a much closer look at the macro context, its relationship to meso and micro processes to take effective action to reduce structural violence and inequality
This is what Beyond Bias aims to deliver. BBT is Race Reflections’ FLAGSHIP course.
We are certain that it will take your organisation to the next level when it comes to understanding and tackling inequality, exclusion and discrimination.
BEYOND BIAS CONTENTS
The course will cover;
*Structural and institutional racism
*Intersectionality and intersectional violence
*Micro-meso-macro links (eg. links between unconscious bias, social inequality and organisational practices)
*Historical configurations and present-day institutional arrangements
*Power as a vector of exclusion and marginalisation (again from the micro to the macro)
*Tools, strategies and methods to reduce structural harm including anti-racist too
*Grasp various conceptualisations of racism
*Explore how racistm comes to be reproduced within various levels of functioning
*Understand strategies to limit the reproduction of racism
The course is suitable for all helping professionals, teachers, medical staff, managers and others with an interest in psychology, mental health, social justice AND anti-racism. It is being delivered online only via zoom through presentations, discussions, videos and guided reflections.
Preparatory reading is encouraged and a reference list will be provided to that effect, one month before the start of the course.
Our standard course price is £225 for non-members and £100 for Race Reflections’ members.
To make a booking as a NON-MEMBER, click here.
If you are a member and would like to book your place please contact Violeta@racereflections.co.uk for the discount code.