Resources for Building Self-Awareness/Increasing Cultural Competency

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Resources for Building Self-Awareness/Cultural Competency

The UI Libraries has a compilation of Anti-Racism Resources for students, faculty and staff to supplement DEI related trainings offered by the UI Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

Implicit Association Tests (IATs) are useful tools to start conversations about implicit bias that we all carry and about the impacts our biases can have on others. These can also be useful tools for self-reflection and motivational toward personal growth. Each test takes ~10 minutes. https://implicit.harvard.edu/implicit/takeatest.html

The University of Iowa (UI) also has a useful self-reflection handout you can use to process results and organize your thoughts: https://diversity.uiowa.edu/sites/diversity.uiowa.edu/files/2020-07/IAT%20Directions%20and%20Reflection_2020.pdf

Implicit Bias Training and Resources at UI - A collection of videos, additional IATs, and in-person and online training sessions for faculty, staff, and students.

The Building University of Iowa Leadership for Diversity (BUILD) Program (https://diversity.uiowa.edu/build-program) - Iowa's program for gaining skills toward creating inclusive environments. Faculty and staff can sign up to take individual classes, or complete the core competency course plus five electives to recieve the BUILD certificate. A list of upcoming courses may be found here: https://diversity.uiowa.edu/diversity-resources-trainings

  • BUILD-certified members of the Department of Biology include Marlys Boote and Anna Gaw, both of whom are open to answering questions about the program.

An 8-week mentor training program is available each summer for faculty, postdocs, and graduate students: https://iba.biology.uiowa.edu/mentoring. This course follows the "Entering Mentoring" curriculum" developed by the Wisconsin Program for Scientific Teaching (sponsored by NIH, NSF, and HHMI), and is led by NIH NRMN certified master facilitators. For more information, contact Biology faculty member Dr. Lori Adams.

  • Several faculty, postdocs, and graduate students in Biology have taken this mentoring workshop, including Departmental Executive Officer Diane Slusarski and Director of Graduate Studies Bryan Phillips. Registration is typically announced via departmental email during the spring semester.
     

Members of the Department of Biology DEI advisory committee curate this list of resources. All faculty, staff, graduate, and undergraduate students are invited and encouraged to share additional resourses. Send yours to: biology@uiowa.edu