Co-sponsored by AIA Minneapolis, AIA Northern Minnesota, and AIA St. Paul.

There is a growing body of research surrounding unconscious bias. Unconscious biases are created and reinforced by our environments and experiences. Our mind is constantly processing information, oftentimes without our conscious awareness. When we are moving fast or lack all of the data, our unconscious biases fill in the gaps, influencing everything from product decisions to our interactions with coworkers to our discussions with clients.

Unconscious Bias is a two-part seminar where participants will begin by watching a portion of the video “Unconscious Bias @ Work” — a presentation developed and produced by Google Ventures — followed by small group discussion. 

Speak Up is a workshop designed by the Southern Poverty Law Center / Tolerance.org, focused on getting you to think about bias in the workplace and growing your comfort with speaking up to interrupt bias. 

Register to attend the Duluth session.

Learning objectives

  1. Define unconscious bias and explain how it impacts behavior and decisions.
  2. Explain how unconscious bias may influence design decisions in ways that undercut optimal emotional and physical responses of populations of building users.
  3. Explain how unconscious bias may influence design decisions in ways that undercut optimal access to the building or site for all populations of building users.
  4. Explain how unconscious bias may influence hiring decisions in a manner inconsistent with the spirit and/or letter of federal equal employment opportunity laws.

Session facilitated by Mary-Margaret Zindren.

Cost

Free to all current AIA Minnesota members; $14 for non-members. A boxed lunch is provided.

Continuing Education

3.75 HSW LU Hours

Register to attend the Duluth session.