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Read.Watch.Listen. Implicit Bias

October 2020 Issue

A monthly forum to share diversity, equity, and inclusion resources.

Welcome to the second installment of Read.Watch.Listen: a monthly forum hosted by the NCSEA SE3 Committee to share and promote conversations on diversity, equity and inclusion within the structural engineering profession. Each month, we will curate a series of articles, audio-visual and digital media to facilitate self-education in matters that affect our professional practice as structural engineers. Whether you choose to read, watch, or listen (or all three!), we hope you will join us in this important conversation.

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This month, in conjunction with NCSEA's second session in the DEI Series, we turn our attention to implicit bias. This is a social identity theory which suggests that people can act on the basis of prejudice and stereotypes without intention or conscious knowledge. Shani Barrax Moore, diversity & inclusion strategist, expands on this topic on her presentation of Bias Awareness and Socialization. Even the most well-intentioned people have some amount of unconscious bias. To learn more about yourself, we recommend taking the Harvard Implicit Association Test before you dive into this month's resources.

Share your thoughts and/or recommended resources for the next issue at


Institutional Interventions to Prevent Implicit Bias from Undermining Organizational Diversity - The Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity (Ohio State University)

Written by Victoria W. Jackson as a graduate research associate at the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at Ohio State University, this brief synopsis seeks to shed light on examples of structural inequities and how implicit bias undermines policies and practices. The report also provides access to the State of the Science: Implicit Bias Review publication, written by the same organization, which deep dives into related organizational structures and the impacts of implicit bias.

Read the report summary here.


What Does My Headscarf Mean to You? - Yassmin Abdel-Magied, TEDxSouth Bank

Yassmin Abdel-Magied, a mechanical engineer, writer, and activist, challenges people to look beyond their initial impressions as she demonstrates real examples of implicit bias. In this TEDTalk, Abdel-Magied also highlights the benefit of having mentors and encourages everyone to mentor those who are not necessarily similar to themselves.


Engineering a Culture of Inclusion Part 4: Unconscious Bias

Plot Points is an ASCE podcast and this interview is part of their ‘Engineering a Culture of Inclusion’ series. Featured is Kim Parker Brown, P.E., F.ASCE, an environmental engineer and program manager for the Naval Facilities Engineering Command. In this conversation, Brown discusses her own experiences with implicit and explicit bias and how she handles it while on the job.


This article was originally published in the October 2020 issue of NCSEA's Structural Connection newsletter. For more information, check out NCSEA's DEI Resources.

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