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Unconscious bias training for managers launched

Apr. 19, 2018, 9:06 AM

Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion has formally launched training for managers to support the Medical Center’s strategic direction to “Make Diversity and Inclusion Intentional.” The first training for this initiative is Unconscious Bias for Healthcare Professionals.

Unconscious bias is the result of an individual’s unconscious decision making and assumptions about others based on their own background, personal experiences, societal stereotypes and the cultural context they bring to interactions with others.

The Unconscious Bias training program was developed in partnership with Learning and Development in Human Resources and the Office of Inclusion and Health Equity. The program leverages unconscious bias training created by Cook Ross Inc.

The program’s goal is to provide members of the Medical Center community with tools that will help them recognize their own personal biases and how these biases influence behaviors.

Sessions are currently open for registration for managers in the Learning Exchange as part of the Leader Experience pathways — please see “Leader Experience” under the “Learning” tab on the Human Resources website for more information. UserID and password are required.

More training opportunities for all members of the Medical Center will be made available as part of the overall curriculum that will continue over the next two years.

Announcements will be made in future communications when these opportunities become available for registration.

For questions about the Unconscious Bias training program, please contact the Office of Diversity and Inclusion via email: diversity.inclusion-@vumc.org.

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