Bias Reduction and Improvement Coaching (BRIC) Application Portal

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We welcome applications for the second cohort of the GUMC Bias Reduction Improvement Coaching Program (BRIC), which opens today. The program focuses 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, Georgetown and MedStar.

Online Applications are due on July 30, 2021 at 5 pm EST. All Faculty and Staff across GUMC/Georgetown University/MedStar are encouraged to apply. We welcome you to attend an optional, virtual open house to learn more, meet some BRIC coaches and have your application questions answered on June 9, June 30, July 22 at noon. RSVP: https://forms.gle/5rWBNHz3CUXQhUDd6

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/Georgetown University/MedStar.

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 30 coaches who are faculty and staff members from GUMC/Georgetown University/MedStar will be recruited for the second cohort, which is a two-year commitment. These representatives will come from departments across GUMC/Georgetown University/MedStar and be identified in various ways.

Additionally, we will also seek 6 BRIC Coach Leaders who will lead small learning groups amongst the cohort to deepen discussions and enrich the learning experience. The 6 leaders must be available to complete a self-paced online training of 4-6 hours total (1-2 hours per week) and attend a Coach Lead zoom meeting on September 30, 2021 from 10:00 – 1:00 PM.

The BRIC program is open to all GUMC, Georgetown University and/or MedStar faculty and staff. Interested applications will be reviewed and selected to represent different departmental disciplines across GUMC, Georgetown University 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, Georgetown University 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 minimum 2 training sessions for their department or committee at GUMC/Georgetown University/MedStar following completion of coaching engagement and
  • Be committed to a 2-year term with their BRIC cohort.

Up to 30 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, Georgetown University 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 your Departmental Chair/Supervisor or
  • Have previously attended a BRIC training or equivalent bias training at Georgetown University or
  • Have served as a member of the Subcommittee on Faculty Diversity & Inclusion under the GUMC Faculty Development Committee or the Faculty Diversity & Inclusion Sub-Committee.

The BRIC Program is a 2 year commitment. In their first year, BRIC Coaches will be expected to attend 4 (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 minimum 2 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.

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

The following themes will be emphasized in the BRIC program:

  • Recruiting and hiring
  • Team dynamics and workplace culture
  • Career development, mentoring, promotions, retention
  • Responding to microaggressions and addressing racism

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:

  • Q1: September 29, 2021 from 10-1 pm EST (virtual)
  • Q2: December 8, 2021 from 10-1 pm EST (virtual)
  • Q3: March 16, 2022 from 10-1 pm EST (format TBD)
  • Q4: June 8, 2022 from 10-1 pm EST (format TBD)

Note: Dates are subject to change.

If you are interested in serving as a BRIC Coach Lead, you will need to complete a self-paced online training of 4-6 hours total (1-2 hours per week). The training focuses on moving from unconscious bias awareness to action. You will also need to attend a Coach Lead zoom meeting on September 21, 2021 from 9:30 – 11:00 AM.

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, Georgetown University 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.

If you have questions, please drop by an optional virtual open house and get to meet some coaches. Virtual Open Houses will be on June 9, June 30 and July 22 at noon.

RSVP for Virtual Open House today!

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

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