Unconscious Bias Awareness

April 4, 2024

Topic: managing skills
Provider: Graduierten-Akademie (GRADUS)

Time: April 4 – 9, 2024
  April 4, 2024, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
April 5, 2024, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
April 8, 2024, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
April 9, 2024, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Lecturer: Dr. phil. Iris Wangermann (German-Austrian. She holds a diploma in Psychology Intercultural Business Communication. She's an Intercultural & Diversity Competence Trainer since 2003 and works in Human Resources and Organizational Development of international companies and universities as a Bottom-up Facilitator & Guide. She spent eight years of work Living & Studying in Italy, Austria and the USA. Furthermore, she's a moderator, speaker, coach and consultant. 2012-2014 she worked as an interim Professor for Intercultural Business Communication at the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences. She describes herself as Lateral Thinker, empathic, detail-freak with vision, Researcher-Soul, Nature Lover, Mover & Shaker. She likes daily meditation in motion - Yoga and the peaceful martial art Aikido).
Event language: English
This continuing education course is aimed at : Doctoral researchers
CreditPoints: 1 credit point
Meeting mode: online
Venue: Universität Stuttgart
The participants will receive the access-link and all necessary infomation one day before the seminar.
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How you become aware of your own stereotypes and unconscious biases, understand why they hinder your overall success and learn how to overcome them.

We live in an increasingly complex world. Every day we are bombarded with information. In order to remain capable of acting, our brain tries to filter out and interpret the most important information. To do this, we use categories, stereotypes and memories to make the world manageable for us. These habits of our thinking are extremely efficient. Nevertheless, they lead to the creation of Unconscious Bias, which leads to erroneous unconscious prejudices and decisions.
Unconscious biases have a considerable influence on how we work with other people. This has many consequences: we underestimate or overestimate the competence of people, prefer people who are similar to us and allow ourselves to be influenced by the group. Talents are overlooked, not the best people promoted. Needs are misjudged. Examples of relevant fields of action are: project staffing, appraisal procedures, attitude, team culture and interaction.
When you are sensitized to Unconscious Bias, this strengthens your decision-making and leadership skills. You learn to reflect better so that decisions can be made more unprejudiced, objective and performance-oriented.

Learning results:

  • How are Unconscious Bias created. Explanation of the neuroscientific/psychological background. Understanding the effect of biases on (personnel) decisions.
  • Reflection on one's own "blind spots" in everyday situations - as those affected and those responsible. Develop a more responsible approach to dealing with them.
  • Micro-Behaviours: The influence of unconscious non-verbal behaviour patterns on communication and team performance.
  • Structural biases: The effects of university-specific norms and group thinking on diversity strategies and the ability to compete and innovate.
  • Learning of concrete anti-bias strategies that directly address decision-making processes, such as behavioural economic interventions (nudges).
  • Strengthening integrative behaviour in the sense of diversity-aware leadership (inclusive leadership).
  • Development of individual measures in one's own work area (implementation plans and decision guides).

Requirement: This is an interactive, virtual training. Participants are required to have a PC with Video and Microphone. Participation via Smartphone is not possible, as you are going to share files and work on a virtual whiteboards together.


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