Bias Interrupters: An Evidence-Based, Metrics Driven Way to Interrupt Implicit Bias


Thursday, April 5, 2018, 1:15pm to 2:30pm


Taubman 102: WAPPP Cason Seminar Room

Joan C. Williams, Distinguished Professor of Law, UC Hastings Foundation Chair and Director of the Center for WorkLife Law

Recent studies have found that one-shot bias trainings are not an effective way to interrupt implicit bias. In this seminar, Professor Joan C. Williams discusses Bias Interrupters, a new model for interrupting the implicit bias that is constantly being transmitted in basic business systems at many companies. Joan introduces the Workplace Experiences Survey, a simple 10-minute “bias climate” survey designed to test for every major pattern of bias based on gender, race, disability, and class origin. She also explains the research and theory behind the open-sourced toolkits at, which identify key metrics and identify low-impact tweaks to basic business systems to interrupt bias. Both the survey and toolkits are based on the 40 years of studies in experimental social psychology, industrial-organizational psychology, and behavioral economics documenting common bias patterns.