Campus Bias Prevention and Response Training Tools

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Resources to Create Inclusive, Community-Minded Campuses of Care

Effective staff bias training needs to focus on both programs to prevent bias incidents and the necessary steps for a quick response when an incident occurs.

An incident of bias can disrupt your campus and be devastating for those targeted, raising concerns about safety, well-being and belonging. When a campus incident takes place, much of the response happens in the first day to a week afterward, requiring that staff be ready to respond quickly. That’s why it’s so crucial that staff are trained on how to respond effectively when a bias incident occurs.

Bias response, however, is only one part of the equation. Staff members require training to make bias prevention part of their daily work. These include proactive strategies to help prevent bias situations from occurring, such as…

  • Programming
  • Hosting intergroup dialogues
  • Becoming empathetic listeners
  • Integrating inclusion into departmental practices
  • Addressing bias-related issues
  • Taking a hard look at their own biases

The need for quality how-to awareness and action is behind Campus Bias Prevention and Response Training: Strategies to Create Inclusive, Community-Minded Campuses of Care. This 80-page guide is filled with bias prevention and response fact sheets, worksheets, activities, discussion prompts, self-work and case studies to help train campus community members.

It also spotlights how other institutions are conducting their bias prevention and response training programs, plus effective programs engaging today’s students. Additional resources and sample training agendas using the provided tools are also included.

Topics Covered

Inside this 80-page guide, you’ll find useful tools on the following topics…

  • How to recognize a bias incident
  • Definitions to know
  • Reporting and documenting bias incidents
  • Proactive strategies to address issues of bias and raise awareness
  • How bias incidents can impact individuals (weathering, stress, mental health, physical impacts, etc.)
  • How bystanders can intervene effectively when they see an act of bias in progress
  • Effective ways to handle the aftermath of a bias incident
  • How to set up conversations with students impacted by bias incidents or who have perpetrated bias incidents
  • Becoming an ally to targeted groups
  • Recognizing and addressing bias-related issues such as anti-Semitism, racism, homophobia, xenophobia, etc.
  • Focusing on issues of marginalization and its impacts
  • Responding in a trauma-informed manner
  • Trying to understand offenders and their motivations
  • Getting in touch with your personal feelings about bias and related experiences
  • Facilitating effective intergroup dialogues
  • Holding implicit and/or unconscious bias training
  • Tapping into empathetic listening for greater success
  • Integrating inclusion efforts into your daily work and department’s responsibilities
  • Creating inclusive spaces
  • Working to hear and understand all views and values as part of Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (J.E.D.I.) trainings
  • Exploring concepts of identity and intersectionality
  • Forming belonging through genuine inclusion and empathetic connections
  • Recognizing the impact of cultural taxation and emotional labor on faculty, staff and student leaders

    What’s Included

    This 80-page guide includes information you can adapt to your own campus approach, including case studies, discussion questions, reflections, checklists, best practices and more.

    Plus, your purchase also includes a site license to share with your staff and campus community!

    Two Versions to Choose From

    1. Printed with Digital Download – includes a printed copy of this resource as well as digital access to the enclosed materials and accompanying license to share with your campus community. Price includes $9 shipping fee.

    2. Digital Download Only – includes digital access to this resource and accompanying license to share with your campus community.

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