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Considering when and where team interactions might be influenced by unconscious bias can help you identify opportunities for unbiasing. These nine questions are conversation starters to help your team begin to address unconscious bias.

Given that these questions could lead to some heavy discussion, it’s best to have someone lead this session who is knowledgeable about the research and has experience facilitating diversity conversations.

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Nine questions for unbiasing teams: 1. Who's who? What are some of the groups we have on our team? 2. Know your bias. When are you most likely to rely on your unconscious biases everyday? 3. How to bust bias. What can you do to actively disrupt your preconceived patterns? 4. Let's commit. As a group what can we commit to doing and hold each other accountable for? 5. Who's in my network? Think about your networks - what's present in your work circles and what isn't? 6. Stories. Does anyone have any stories they can share when they've been affected by unconscious bias? 7. Successes. Does anyone have any success stories they can share when they've helped combat unconscious bias? 8. About our team. Are there words in our team's job descriptions that could be more gender neutral? 9. Thoughts & Learning. What emotions did you experience? What did you learn in the unconscious bias session?

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