Bias Response Team

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The goals of the BRT are:

  • Develop educational and outreach programs from the data collected from bias reports;
  • Increase opportunities for communication and restorative justice for students, staff, and faculty; and
  • Address incidents and trends identified through the reports utilizing resources such as trainings, communications, and other means, that will improve the campus climate.

What is Bias?

Bias is a state of mind, tendency, or inclination that impacts our behaviors and perceptions of others (either positively or negatively) based upon preconceived notions. Bias against others can occur intentionally or unintentionally. It can be directed toward an attitude, an individual, or group regarding their protected class, including (but not limited to) race, color, religious ideology, national origin, veteran status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, physical or mental ability, or political affiliation.

How is Bias Expressed?

Bias against others can be expressed and perceived in many ways. It can be subtle or blatant and can include physical, spoken, or written acts of abuse, insensitivity, lack of awareness, violence, harassment, intimidation, extortion, the use of vulgarity, cursing, making remarks, or any other behaviors that belittles, restricts or alienates others, based on preconceived notions. Examples include graffiti, offensive flyers, or comments in the classroom, workplace, or in the street.

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