Salt Lake City, Utah
June 23, 2018
June 23, 2018
July 27, 2018
All too often graduate students have indicated being the recipient of biased or inappropriate language when talking to faculty, staff or other students within their program or the college. Despite the fact that promoting an inclusive culture is a priority for many institutions across the country and is seen as an important component for supporting the retention of graduate and undergraduate students and faculty and staff alike, many colleges still struggle with this issue. Based on conversations with graduate students experiencing this issue we developed Active Bystander training. The training is aimed at educating participants about implicit bias and how to interrupt it in the course of conversation without causing defensiveness. We invited faculty, staff and students to participate so that everyone could benefit. We collected pre-and post-survey data to assess the prevalence of bias and impact of the training on participants. The results of the pre-survey show over 70% of respondents experienced or observed some form of bias in the 2-month period prior to the training with a similar percentage of respondents indicating they did not intervene. The major reason given for why they did not intervene was “not knowing what to do or say”. These data highlight the prevalence of bias and necessity of providing the tools to interrupt it. After the training nearly 90% of respondents indicated they felt better equipped to respond in these situations and nearly all were motivated and committed to doing so. This study is a step forward in supporting inclusion and retention of our graduate students. At the request of the training participants, we will host opportunities to practice what they learned and will periodically survey our graduate students to assess the impact of the training.
Stiner-Jones, L. (2018, June), Promoting an Inclusive Culture: Outcomes from Active Bystander Training Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. https://peer.asee.org/30904
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