Understanding Implicit Bias Certification Program

The Understanding Implicit Bias Certificate Program allows participants to experience thoroughly examined 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. This series of three courses has been reconfigured to a virtual model and now consists of five online modules focusing on:

Module 1: Why talk about race? Systemic Racism in the US Context  - This module will deepen understanding of individual, structural and systemic racism and increase our understanding of the impact of racism and oppression on our society, as well as on all of us.

Module 2: Inclusive Environments  - This module highlights the difference between the concepts of diversity, equity and inclusion, and helps participants recognize the barriers to inclusion and what our roles are in creating more inclusive environments.

Module 3: Identity  - This module explores the concept of identity and intersectionality, with particular attention to the lenses through which we view the world, the impact of power and privilege and the narratives that we unconsciously

Module 4: Implicit Bias and Microaggressions  - This module investigates explicit and implicit bias, microaggressions and their impact, and how we can address and mitigate the effects of bias.

Module 5: Taking Action  - Considering all of the topics covered in this program, this module brings together how we as individuals, as well as collectively in community, can employ strategies that improve the culture of our environments. This includes topics such as allyship, bystander intervention, elements of racial literacy and coping with racial stress and practical approaches to difficult conversations and apologies.

In addition to pre-recorded segments, participants are asked to explore various articles, videos and other resources, participate in reflective activities, and engage in synchronous online discussions.

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 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.

Participants must successfully complete this program's three courses and five modules to receive the certificate.


Wednesday, November 11, Wednesday, November 18, AND Tuesday, November 24, 2020


1:00 to 2:00 p.m.


MSU Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives




Virtual program