It is important to note that biases are not limited to ethnicity and race. Though racial bias and discrimination are well documented, biases may exist toward any social group. One’s age, gender, gender identity physical abilities, religion, sexual orientation, weight, and many other characteristics are subject to bias.
Implicit Bias, also known as Hidden or Unconscious Bias, are negative associations expressed automatically that people unknowingly hold and that affects our understanding, actions, and decisions.
“Explicit bias refers to the attitudes and beliefs we have about a person or group on a conscious level. Much of the time, these biases and their expression arise as the direct result of a perceived threat" (Perception Institute, 2020).
For more information, see our Mitigating Bias & Discrimination guide.