LMU’s Implicit Bias Initiative, which launched in October 2016, remains an important focus for the Office of 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.
From the initial launch in 2016 to 2019, the Office of Intercultural Affairs has hosted three Leadership Development Retreats on Implicit Bias, which have drawn 480 faculty, staff, and administrators from LMU and Loyola Law School. Through bringing in nationally-recognized experts and scholars in implicit bias, the Retreats have been instrumental in helping the LMU community introduce the understanding of the concept of bias literacy and strategies to mitigate them.
In addition to the retreats, the Office of Intercultural Affairs have worked hard to spread the knowledge about implicit bias across the LMU campus. Professors Adam Fingerhut and Nora Murphy have led numerous implicit bias workshops for over 100 LMU faculty, helping to start the conversation about implicit biases in our classrooms and department offices. Additionally, Student Affairs instituted implicit bias workshops for all incoming first-year and transfer students last Fall through the LMU CARES program. Trained facilitators were able to offer workshops to over 2,000 new LMU students through this effort and will continue this program this coming Fall. Finally, Human Resources will institute implicit bias workshops for the over 1,000 LMU staff members beginning this Fall.