Implicit Bias and Microaggressions

This is an interactive course. First, participants will learn about the universal phenomenon of implicit bias: what it is, why it happens, how it happens, and when it is most likely to happen. Second, participants will have an opportunity to explore their own implicit bias and how it impacts the ways in which they interact with others. Finally, participants will be introduced to the concept of microaggressions as one outcome of implicit bias and provided suggestions for ways to reduce the incidence of bias in our daily lives.

NOTE: This is course two of the three-course Understanding Implicit Bias Certificate Program . You must complete the course "Creating an Inclusive Environment" before taking this class.

This series of three courses (1. Creating an Inclusive Environment, 2. Implicit Bias and Microaggressions, and 3. Preparing for the Next Encounter) will allow participants experiential opportunities to thoroughly examine implicit bias and begin the work of interrupting their own biases as well as those embedded within systems at MSU. We all play a role in MSU’s ambition to achieve excellence through full participation, and this program will give you the tools to make a difference.

Upon certification, participants will:

  • Understand the lenses through which they see and experience the world, and how those lenses can be tinged with unconscious, implicit bias.
  • Have an increased understanding of power dynamics and privilege, and the barriers they create for full participation.
  • Be able to identify implicit bias and microaggressions when they play out in real life, and how to begin the work of interrupting them.
  • Have an increased sense of their own biases and a plan for continued self-education.
  • Better understand the challenges MSU faces in retaining top talent, and how you will contribute to an inclusive campus that opens doors to full participation.

This series is brought to you by the Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives and facilitated by Jessica Garcia, PhD, Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, Intercultural Education Specialist, Office for Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives.


Tuesday, July 16, 2019


1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.


Jessica Garcia, PhD




1407 S. Harrison Road, Room 10

East Lansing, MI