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How to overcome your unconscious bias: A practical workshop with Dr Pragya Agarwal

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In the upper echelons of the buzz phrases of this decade, unconscious bias must surely have a place. But what does it mean to have unconscious biases, and how big – or bad – can their impacts be?

In this practical workshop with author and behavioural and data scientist Dr Pragya Agarwal, you will learn that rather than merely a term used in a workplace training manual, unconscious bias infiltrates all aspects of everyday life. You will also discover the diverse forms of bias (hint: there are many more than just racism and sexism), how and why they are formed, and their effects on individuals’ mental and physical health.

Tapping into case studies and science, this workshop will leave you with actionable insights and a practical toolkit of techniques for measuring and mapping your biases, and opening up the conversation with those around you.

Course content

  • What is unconscious bias?

  • How is it formed, and what does developmental psychology tell us about how biases are formed in children?

  • The differences between bias, prejudice and discrimination

  • Microaggressions, racialisations, privilege and power – and their effect

  • Can we really measure and map our biases?

  • Unlearning bias

You will be sent a link to the webinar 1hr before the start time of 6.30pm (GMT).

Tutor profile

Pragya Agarwal is a behavioural and data scientist, and the author of Sway: Unravelling Unconscious Bias (which was a Guardian Book of the Week) and Wish We Knew What To Say: Talking with children about race, both published in 2020. After her PhD from the University of Nottingham, she was a senior academic in US and UK Universities for over 12 years and held the prestigious Leverhulme Fellowship. She is also the founder of research thinktank The 50 Percent Project, which examines societal inequities, and a freelance writer for The Guardian, Prospect, Forbes, Huffington Post, BBC Science Focus, Scientific American and New Scientist, among others. Pragya is a two-time TEDx speaker and has given keynotes and talks for schools, universities and charities, and has worked as an anti-racism and inclusivity consultant with global corporate, governmental and research organisations. She has appeared on multiple international podcasts and shows such as NPR, BBC Women’s Hour, BBC Radio 4’s The Spark. She has organised a TEDx Women event and more recently an online South Asian Literary Festival, and hosts the podcast Outside the Boxes. In 2018 she was the winner of the Diverse Wisdom Writing award from Hay House Publishing, was named as one of the 100 influential women in social enterprise in the UK, and was one of 50 people creating change in the UK-India corridor. To learn more visit her website or connect on Twitter.


Date: Wednesday 18 November 2020
Times: 6.30pm-9pm (GMT)
Price: £45 (plus £2.65 booking fee); £54 with a copy of Wish We Knew What to Say (plus £3.06 booking fee)
Event capacity: 70

This masterclass is available globally. If you are joining us from outside the United Kingdom, please use this time zone converter to check your local live streaming time.

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