Bias Reduction and Improvement Coaching (BRIC) Application Portal

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We are pleased to announce the inaugural launch of the GUMC Bias Reduction and Improvement Coaching (BRIC) program. The goal of BRIC is to mitigate the impacts of unconscious bias, as this bias affects recruitment, selection, cultivation, promotions and advancement of employees at GUMC.

The BRIC program is a train-the-trainer professional development opportunity for a diverse cohort of faculty and staff. The focus of the program is based on the science and impact of unconscious bias and use of best practices for how to mitigate the effect of bias in our workplace and culture for the benefit of teams and departments across GUMC.

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. The training topics include identifying and managing unconscious biases in these areas:

  • Recruiting and hiring;
  • Team dynamics and workplace culture;
  • Career development, mentoring, promotions, and retention and
  • Learning how to train and educate others about addressing their everyday biases.

Up to 25 coaches who are faculty and staff members from GUMC will be recruited for the pilot program, which is a two-year commitment. These representatives will come from departments across GUMC and be identified in various ways.

Additionally, we will also seek 5 BRIC Coach Leaders who will lead small learning groups amongst the cohort to deepen discussions and enrich the learning experience. The 5 leaders must be available to attend an additional Unconscious Bias Learning Lab.

The BRIC program is open to all GUMC and/or MedStar Faculty and Staff. Interested applications will be reviewed and selected to represent different departmental disciplines across GUMC and/or MedStar and reflect a diverse array of tracks, ranks, positions across multiple dimensions of diversity of faculty and staff on campus. BRIC candidates must:

  • Have worked at GUMC and/or MedStar for at least 1 year;
  • Be committed to attending 4 quarterly coaching sessions (either in person or via ZOOM);
  • Be Committed to leading at least 1 training session for their department or committee at GUMC following completion of coaching engagement and
  • Be committed to a 2-year term with their BRIC cohort.

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 or MedStar and be identified in various ways (at least one descriptor should apply to each applicant). Applicants may:

  • Self-nominate based on interest in topic and training other colleagues in department or
  • Be recommended by their Departmental Chair or direct supervisor as a professional growth opportunity or
  • Have previously attended an AAMC Unconscious Bias Training in the last 5 years or
  • Have served either as a Member of the GUMC Faculty Development Committee (FDC) or on the Subcommittee on Faculty Diversity & Inclusion of the FDC.

The BRIC Program is a 2 year commitment. In their first year, BRIC Coaches will be expected to attend 4 (2-3 hour) Coaching Sessions (one per quarter) during the academic year on unconscious bias management.

In their second year, BRIC Coaches are required to facilitate at least 1 departmental/office workshop or committee training on managing and reducing unconscious biases before they complete the program.

BRIC Coaches may also elect to participate in other bias training events across Georgetown each year.

The following themes will be emphasized in the BRIC program:

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

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.

BRIC Coaches will serve 2 year teams and will be expected to attend quarterly coaching Sessions (one per quarter) during the academic year on bias management. Training sessions will typically provide lunch or afternoon refreshment, and are to be scheduled at GUMC for:

  • September 2019 (Launch)
  • December 2019
  • March 2020
  • June 2020

Note: Dates are subject to change, but this is an approximation of the schedule for 2019-2020.

During this interactive 2-year, 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 collaborations with new faculty and staff colleagues across GUMC and MedStar 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.

Every year we conduct BRIC ZOOM Information Sessions. Stay tuned for more updates.

BRIC Coaches may also elect to participate in other bias training events across Georgetown each year.

Email: The Office of Diversity & Inclusion: somdiversityandinclusion@georgetown.edu

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