Diversity in the workforce and unconscious bias

by | Jul 6, 2023 | Visibility As Inclusion | 0 comments

Last week Hiba Kanj and Joey Chung from  ALIA Multicultural facilitated a discussion on Stereotypes and unconcscious bias.

Two additional publications have just surfaced and are being shared as they closely align with the focus of the webinar conversation.

The first is research conducted over a two year period by Monash University and shared two days ago. This study confirms English sounding names get more call backs from job applications than ethnic sounding names.

The next publication is a blog post by CAVAL titled Diversity in Australian Libraries – Are we setting a positive example? This post examines the link and  strength of a diverse workforce for improved services for diverse communities.

The ALIA Workforce Diversity trend report of 2019 indicates there is still a great deal of work that needs to be done to achieve improved representation of diverse people across all levels in our profession.

ALIA Multicultural looks forward to deepening conversations on the importance of inclusion, cultural safety and a represenative diverse workforce for improved Multicultural services and workplaces.

Watch the webinar again and engage in the reading list provided.

Reading list 

American Psychological Association. (2023). Stereotype. In Cambridge dictionary. Retrieved May 23, 2023, from https://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/stereotype

Baek, S. (2022). I want to die but I want to eat tteokbokki. Bloomsbury Publishing.​

Cambridge University Press & Assessment. (2023). Positive stereotype. In APA Dictionary of Psychology. Retrieved May 23, 2023, from https://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/stereotype

Czopp, A. M., Kay, A. C., & Cheryan, S. (2015). Positive stereotypes are pervasive and powerful. Perspectives on Psychological Science10(4), 451–463. https://doi.org/10.1177/1745691615588

Diversity Australia. (n.d.). Unconscious bias programshttps://www.diversityaustralia.com.au/services/unconscious-bias/

Gino, F., & Coffman, K. (2021, September- October). Unconscious bias training that works. Harvard Business Review. https://hbr.org/2021/09/unconscious-bias-training-that-works

Ku’s dream. (2019, May 1). Ku’s profile picture. [Photograph]. Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/kuudream/photos/d41d8cd9/2190992457879959/

Otani, M. (2016). Otani Mondo was recording in a studio [Photograph]. Wikimedia. https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Otani_Mondo.jpg

Oxford University Press. (2023). unconscious bias. In Oxford Learner’s Dictionaries. Retrieved June 13, 2023, from https://www.oxfordlearnersdictionaries.com/definition/english/unconscious-bias

Samson, D., Donnet, T., & Daft, R. L. (2021). Management (7th Asia-Pacific Edition ed.). Cengage Learning Australia.​


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