Active Bystander & Implicit Bias Resources

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As an engaged and interdisciplinary research institute at The Ohio State University, the Kirwan Institute is a national leader in research into how implicit biases can shape individuals’ cognition, attitudes, and even behaviors. Our most notable contribution to the field of implicit social cognition has been our annual publication, State of the Science: Implicit Bias Review.

Using academic literature as our foundation, we offer sessions on implicit bias and its operation in various domains, such as employment, health care, criminal justice, education, and housing. This body of work is also interconnected with institutional dynamics—such as social policy, organizational structure, and neighborhood-level outcomes. Our trainings will include data and examples which encompass both the interpersonal and institutional components of equity. Given the Kirwan Institute’s focus on race and ethnicity, our content will often emphasize implicit racial bias, though other aspects of identity-focused (e.g., gender, sexuality, ability, etc.) implicit bias research may be included.

As an interdisciplinary research institute, the Kirwan Institute’s implicit bias trainings have focused on an array of topics: hiring, workplace culture, and decision making in the workplace; criminal justice, law enforcement, and other legal dynamics; education, school discipline, college admissions, and classroom dynamics; health, trauma informed care and health care; housing and neighborhood dynamics; among others. In 2019 alone, we reached over 5,000 participants, including:

  •  Higher education institutions
  •  K-12 educators and administrators
  •  Professional conferences
  •  Law enforcement
  •  Lawyers, judges, and court administrators
  •  Community groups
  •  Health care professionals
  •  Non-profit organizations
  •  Foundations and philanthropic organizations
  •  Private corporations

Access our free online training modules here.

You can view a listing of additional trainings here.

For more information about availability, fees, or other questions, please contact:
Facilitation and Research Specialist Preshuslee Thompson via email or phone: 614 292 0507