Implicit Bias Initiative

LMU’s five-year Implicit Bias Initiative which launched in October 2016, remains an important focus for the Office of the Vice President for Intercultural Affairs.  Its primary objectives include the following:

  • To help administrators, faculty, staff, and students achieve bias literacy by developing an in-depth understanding of how our minds work, real-world implications of implicit biases on numerous aspects of people’s daily lives, and evidence-based strategies for mitigating bias.
  • To encourage administrators, faculty, staff, and students to use their new knowledge by engaging in intentional behavioral changes that reduce the activation and application of implicit bias.
  • To achieve a change in cultural norms across all components of LMU’s environment, e. curricular and co-curricular programs, decision-making committees, hiring committees and task forces, classrooms, residence halls, athletic fields, and dining halls.

The Initiative was launched with the President’s Leadership Development Retreat on Implicit Bias in October 2016.  Consisting of workshops at Loyola Law School and LMU-Westchester campuses, the Retreat drew a total of 228 faculty and staff participants.  The retreats consisted of a presentation on implicit bias by Sharon Davies, J.D., Executive Director of the Kirwan Institute on Race and Ethnicity at The Ohio State University, one of the foremost scholars on the subject in the nation. A post-retreat survey was administered by the Office of Assessment. View survey data.