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Colgate University
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Event Detail

Department Tea: Mitigating the Influence of Unconscious Bias

Start: Tuesday, February 07, 2017, 11:30 a.m.
End: Tuesday, February 07, 2017, 12:20 p.m.
Location: 319 McGregory Hall

Speaker: Aaron Gember-Jacobson

Abstract: Our brains receive 11 million bits of information every second, but we can only consciously process 40 bits per second. Thus, the majority of our mental processing is ruled by our unconscious. These unconscious decisions are influenced by our own biases, which can lead us to make decisions that negatively impact our peers, our university, the computer science community, and society.

Aaron will engage students and faculty in exercises that illustrate unconscious bias, present some of the leading research on unconscious bias, and discuss strategies that are used by some of the leading companies in technology to overcome unconscious bias.