What is Unconscious Bias?

Unconscious biases are social stereotypes about certain groups of people that individuals form outside their own conscious awareness. Everyone holds unconscious beliefs about various social and identity groups, and these biases stem from one’s tendency to organize social worlds by categorizing.

Unconscious bias is far more prevalent than conscious prejudice and often incompatible with one’s conscious values. 

Definition Source: diversity.ucsf.edu/resources/unconscious-bias


For our Compass Associates, we have linked to our Mitigating Unconscious Bias training in MyLMS.

We've curated three videos on the topic of Unconscious Bias to support learning about its impacts and unlearning assumed social categorizing. 

  • Exploring Bias

  • Inclusion and You 

  • Ryerson University lecture from Grace-Edward Galabuzi