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.
The goals of the BRT are:
- To develop educational and outreach programs from the data collected from bias reports;
- To provide support and resources to those impacted by bias incidents;
- To increase opportunities for communication and restorative justice for students, staff, and faculty; and
- To address incidents and trends identified through the reports utilizing resources such as trainings, communications, individual redress, and other means, that will improve the campus climate.
In this way, we will put action into the words “equity and inclusion”, as well as demonstrate how much we value diversity at PSU and in our community.