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Frequently Asked Questions


What is the Unconscious Bias Initiative (UBI)?

Unconscious bias refers to the automatic stereotypes or attitudes we hold about groups or people. These biases can be held for or against those most like us and most different from us.

With the help of internationally recognized consulting firm Cook Ross, the UBI is working to incorporate this understanding of unconscious bias to foster an environment where each one of us feels a sense of belonging and empowerment as we ready ourselves for the global community of tomorrow.

If we learn to shine a flashlight on our biases and their power to impact our actions, we are presented with an opportunity to engage in more deliberate thinking as we make decisions in our everyday interactions.

While this is an important piece of the overall diversity and inclusion effort at our University, it is not designed to be an all-purpose solution to what must be a greater conversation in our community.


Who will the UBI involve?

It will reach all of the UK constituents – staff, faculty, administration, students, the UK HealthCare enterprise and extension offices. A committee with representatives from across the University is helping to guide the initiative.


What is the timeline of the UBI?

The Unconscious Bias Initiative is the culmination of a process led by President Capilouto that began in January 2014. The President sought to undertake a University-wide initiative around unconscious bias. Much thought and planning was put into the process and the selection of Cook Ross as a partner.

The first public events will begin in May 2016 with a full launch planned for the fall 2016 semester that will include a series of online, in-person and immersive learning opportunities.


Why is the University investing in the UBI?

As Kentucky’s flagship institution, demonstrated in the UK Mission and Strategic Plan, the University plays a critical leadership role for the Commonwealth and beyond by promoting diversity, inclusion, economic development, equal opportunity and overall human well-being.

The UBI can impact the way we interact with each other, students and patients, and prepare ourselves to succeed in a diverse, global society.