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The Unconscious Bias (UB) Initiative serves as an initial step toward developing awareness around bias and discrimination. Participants will have a stronger foundation in concepts related stereotypes, coded language, microaggressions, and structural bias, and will be able to identify how these concepts manifest in interpersonal interactions and are shaped by policies, processes, and norms.

All sessions take place online through Zoom. Faculty and staff can register for Unconscious Bias Parts I - III via the myUK Learning Portal. Zoom links will be sent via email and calendar invites that sync with Microsoft Outlook. 

Unconscious Bias for Faculty and Staff

Part I: Developing a Language for Unlearning

Part I introduces language as a frame for identifying acts of bias. This session provides a foundation for key terms in topics related to unconscious bias (including coded language and microaggressions). Participants will be encouraged to consider the short-term and long-term impact of bias. (60 minutes)

Session Outcomes:

  • Define unconscious bias
  • Recognize how language contributes to bias
  • Identify different types of microaggressions
  • Reflect on the impact of bias

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Part II: Using Language to Investigate Structural Bias

Part II builds on examples explored in Part I in order to connect types of coded language to the roots of structural and institutional bias. Participants will be guided to think about how power impacts the way that people experience and enact bias. (75-90 minutes)

Session Outcomes

  • Define structural and institutional bias
  • Recognize the relationship between coded language and structural bias
  • Identify the dynamics of power

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Part III: Doing Allyship: The Work of Unconscious Bias

Part III concludes the series and guides participants on how to respond to or intervene with acts of bias that they witness. Participants will also spend time assessing the impact of bias intervention with consideration for important context. (75-90 minutes)

Session Outcomes: 

  • Examine the risk(s) of intervening with bias
  • Critique acts of allyship within their specific context
  • Simulate responses to acts of bias

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Frequently Asked Questions

When did the Unconscious Bias (UB) Initiative arrive at the University of Kentucky?

In consultation with Cook Ross, UB at the University of Kentucky began in 2016 as part of campus-wide efforts to fulfill the goals outlined by UK’s 2015-2020 Strategic Plan. The initiative was originally housed in the University’s department of Human Resources and moved to the Office for Institutional Diversity in 2018.

Why is UB now a three-part series? What happened to the two-hour training?

The formation of IEDE in November 2019 resulted in several significant changes to the UB initiative including retirement of the “train-the-trainer” model and updates to the original learning content. The content updates, specifically, responded to several key points of feedback from participants over the course of two years, including a desire for more direct engagement with structural and systemic bias and more discussion and in-session practice. This resulted in more time being allocated to covering material – hence, the revised three-part series, with Part II dedicated to investigating structural bias and Part III focused on in-session practice. 

Is Unconscious Bias training mandatory?

It depends. There is no University-wide mandate for employees to complete the UB training (unless it is specific to faculty search committees – please see more information below). However, supervisors, managers, deans, or department chairs may require completion of the training series at their discretion and may assign this course through myUK Learning.

How can I schedule someone from IEDE to facilitate the three-part series for my team or unit (retreat)?

At this time, the three-part Unconscious Bias Initiative is not offered by-request. If you are interested in a by-request training for staff, professional development gathering, or orientation, please see our offerings listed on the One-on-One: 60-minute Workshop page.

How do I register for an Unconscious Bias session?

Registration for the initiative takes place in myUK Learning. If using Safari, make sure to enable pop-ups on your web browser. Here are the step-by-step instructions for registration:

  1. Log into the myUK portal with your link blue ID and password.
  2. Navigate to the “Employee Self Service” tab at the top of the screen.
  3. Scroll down and click to launch “myUK Learning.”
    1. Next, select “Click this link to access myUK Learning.”
  4. Under “My Info” choose the “Learning” tile.
  5. Scroll down to the “Find Learning” search bar and type “Unconscious Bias.” Click “search” or hit “enter” to access the full list of course sessions.
    1. Select the correct session (or part). The series takes place across three parts and must be taken sequentially.
      1. Unconscious Bias Part 1
      2. Unconscious Bias Part 2
      3. Unconscious Bias Part 3
    2. Click “Assign to Me.”
  6. Click “See Classes” to view all available sessions for the selected part.
  7. Click “Register Now.” This will take you to a review page.
  8. Click “Confirm.”
    1. You will receive an automated email confirming your registration with the Zoom link and information. You will also receive an automated Microsoft Outlook calendar invitation. IMPORTANT: You must manually add the Zoom link from the automated email (highlighted in yellow) to the automated calendar invitation).

I registered – where is the Zoom link?

Zoom links are sent via an automated email within a few minutes after registering in myUK Learning.  IEDE also sends reminder emails (with Zoom information) 24 – 48 hours in advance. Please check your inbox for an email from If you still have trouble, email

How do I make a request for accessibility support?

Please email at least 48 hours in advance of your training date.

Do I have to take all three parts of the series in the same week?

No. Though each part must be taken squenttially, attendance can be spread out over the course of a month, semester, or an academic year (unless otherwise stated by your unit director, or supervisor).

When will my attendance be recorded in myUK Learning?

Please allow up to 7 business days for your attendance to be reflected in myUK Learning.

How can I check to see if someone in my unit has completed all three parts of the Unconscious Bias Initiative?

If you or someone in your office has myUK Learning Administration access, these records are accessible with the following steps:

  • Go to Users and search by first name and last name (change the drop-down menu to “Contains”) or User ID or person ID. User ID is the person’s LinkBlue.
  • Click on the User’s name highlighted in blue to view their profile.
  • Navigate to Items Completed to view training completed. The updated Unconscious Bias Initiative courses are Unconscious Bias Parts I-III, also shown as VIRTUAL IEDE_UB_P1, VIRTUAL IEDE_UB_P2, and VIRTUAL IEDE_UB_P3.

Another method to view training records is to run a report on a specific item completion according to a specific date range. If you need assistance, a good contact is Ethan Garrett, IS Technical Support Specialist, for HR Training and Development. Ethan can be reached at

Finally, if you have direct reports, you should be able to view their completed training list in their myUK Learning profile.

I need to take Unconscious Bias for Faculty Search Committees. Is this the same as the three-part series by IEDE?

The short answer is, “No.” The three-part UB initiative is not equivalent to UB for Faculty Search Committees.

If you are a faculty member or academic unit in need of Unconscious Bias for Faculty Search Committees, please be in contact with Emily Curtsinger with UK Human Resources at