Recognizing and Overcoming Individual Biases (EBWC Social Justice Toolkit)
This is a section of the Every Body Walk! Social Justice Toolkit. For more on the Toolkit, please click here.
The resources and tools below aim to help individuals and organizations recognize biases and work to effectively address the impact these biases might have on their work. Recognizing one’s own biases is an important first step in being able to have an honest and thoughtful conversation about how we work with issues related to social justice and equity as individuals as well as within the walking movement.
- Implicit Association Tests: These tests are part of the “Project Implicit” website. Project Implicit is a non-profit organization and international collaboration between researchers who are interested in implicit social cognition – thoughts and feelings outside of conscious awareness and control. The goal of the organization is to educate the public about hidden biases and to provide a “virtual laboratory” for collecting data on the Internet.”
- What Happens When We Aren’t Culturally Competent?: There are many repercussions when organizations and practitioners are not culturally competent. These considerations are just some things to think about.
- Cultural Competency in Action: We encourage you to consider the following questions for you, your colleagues and your organization as you move to incorporate issues of equity and social justice into your work. These questions can help you become aware of existing biases and provide you with important considerations before beginning to work with a community.
- National Center for Social Competence: The mission of the NCCC is to increase the capacity of health care and mental health care programs to design, implement, and evaluate culturally and linguistically competent service delivery systems to address growing diversity, persistent disparities, and to promote health and mental health equity.