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 Exploring Unconcious Bias - January 6, 2017 
A message from Anton Gunn, chief diversity officer, MUSC Health

Several studies confirm that people harbor unconscious biases even when they explicitly believe that prejudice and discrimination are wrong.  So how does this happen? Our brains are bombarded with over 11 million pieces of information per second but we are only able to process 40 pieces of information per second. The rest of this information is stored in our subconscious and is used to help us make snap judgments, whether good or bad, or whether we like it or not.

Unconscious bias impacts how we feel about everything from gender, race, age, weight and religion and it serves as a survival mechanism that help us make decisions based on instinct rather than logic.  Unconscious bias also may allow us to form stereotypes and assumptions about certain groups of people or encourage us to seek information that confirms pre-existing beliefs or assumptions about certain groups of people.  

This month’s Health Care Theater program, “Exploring Unconscious Bias”, slated for January 10, 2017 at 1:30 p.m., will help us to identify some of our unconscious biases (blind spots). It will feature a TedTalk and a few case studies.  Health Care Theater is a monthly program which provides a forum for MUSC care team members and students to debrief mock cases and arms providers with best practice strategies. Case scenarios span diverse topics and are “acted out” promoting active participation and a visual presentation of the cases.  Register in MyQuest to receive one (1) hour of D&I Education training. 

“Exploring Unconscious Bias”
January 10, 2017
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
300-Clinical Science Building

D&I Update - November 15, 2016 

On November 14, 2016, approximately 50 members of our MUSC community participated in an organizational update from the MUSC Diversity and Inclusion implementation teams. Willette Burnham-Williams, Ph.D., university chief diversity officer in the Department of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, and Anton Gunn, MSW, CDM, chief diversity officer and executive director of Community Health Innovation for MUSC Health, led the session, providing an eight-month overview of progress made in this area.

Additionally, a few highlights of their teams’ many recent accomplishments were shared.

MUSC remains committed to creating and embracing a more diverse community in which every member is respected and valued. We will leverage differences in ways that allow people to understand and be understood as we work together productively. 

To view the teams' Diversity and Inclusion update presentation please click here

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