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The BRIC (Bias Reduction & Improvement Coaching) Program empowers faculty and staff coaches in departments across GUMC to provide dialogues around unconscious and conscious bias awareness and reduction.

Up to 25 Coaches who are faculty and staff members from GUMC will be recruited for the pilot program. These representatives will come from departments across GUMC and be identified in various ways:

Eligibility

Interested applications will be reviewed and selected to represent different disciplines across GUMC and reflect a diverse array of tracks, ranks, positions across multiple dimensions of diversity of faculty on campus.

  • Has worked at Georgetown for at least 1 year
  • Willingness to commit to attending 4 coaching sessions and leading 1 training session for their department.

Membership

Up to 25 BRIC Coaches who are faculty and staff members will be recruited and selected for the pilot program. These representatives will come from departments across GUMC and be identified in various ways:

  • Self-nominated based on interest in topic and training other colleagues in department
  • Departmental designees recommended by Chairs of Departments
  • Have previously attended an AAMC Everyday Bias Training
  • Serve as a member on the Subcommittee on Faculty Diversity & Inclusion under the FDC

Outreach will be conducted through GUMC announcements on web, email and promotion through Departmental Chairs.

Requirements and Responsibilites

BRIC Coaches will be expected to attend 4 (1-2 hour) Coaching Sessions (one per quarter) during the academic year on bias management.In addition, BRIC Coaches are required to conduct at least 1 departmental/office facilitated interactive session on managing and reducing unconscious biases before they complete the program.

BRIC Coaches may also elect to participate in at least 1 other co-sponsored bias training event with another department/office across GUMC each year. This will include an invitation to Summer Diversity & Inclusion Sessions held in July 2019.

Example Training Topics

Using evidence-based approaches, these trainings will explore the science and fundamentals of unconscious bias and bias mitigation, and delve into specific ways that departments can identify and address opportunities and challenges. Example training topics may include: 

  • Recruiting and hiring
  • Team dynamics and workplace culture
  • Career development, mentoring and promotions

Training Dates

Training will occur during the following months:
  • February 2019
  • May 2019
  • August 2019
  • November 2019

Benefits

During this interactive cohort-based learning experience, BRIC Coaches will:

  • Understand the science and studies behind conscious and unconscious bias.
  • Build new skills in creating inclusive teams, intercultural communications, and increasing employee engagement in their workplace cultures.
  • Realize the impact of unconscious bias on organizational behavior, employee recruitment, retention and promotions
  • Forge new collaborations with new faculty and staff colleagues across GUMC to share out ideas, efforts, and resources for reducing unconscious bias.
  • Receive copies of the Blindspot: The Hidden Biases of Good People, and downloadable (adaptable), printable training packets and videos.
  • At the completion of the program, BRIC Coaches will receive a Certificate of Participant Completion.

 

Outreach will be conducted through GUMC announcements on web, email and promotion through Departmental Chairs. More information to come soon on Selecting the First Cohort of BRIC Coaches in 2019!

To apply, click here!