Business and Bagels: Unconscious Bias in Virtual Meetings

August 25, 2020 | 8:00 am - 9:15 am

Business and Bagels will be offered live, online as “The Virtual Bagel” through videoconferencing. If you have questions, please reach out to us.

Session Introduction

Learn tips to mitigate and counter the effects of unconscious bias in virtual meetings.

While employees use videoconferencing now more than ever, there’s an issue happening beneath the surface with platforms like Zoom, Teams and Skype beyond stress and mental health that’s affecting its users.

Amy Bonomi, a social science researcher from Michigan State University, and Nelia Viveiros from University of Colorado, said that these platforms are a ripe setting for unconscious bias — or, attitudes towards people or associated stereotypes with them without our conscious knowledge. These can be related to gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, etcetera.

Unconscious bias can intersect with language, symbolism and nonverbal cues that reinforce normative social identities with respect to gender, race, sexual preference and socioeconomic status,” Bonomi said. In fact, even a simple icebreaker — common for videoconferencing settings —can be a pathway for unintentionally reinforcing dominant social norms and identities.

By understanding unconscious bias in virtual settings, Bonomi and Viveiros say we can mitigate and counter its effects. Join us to learn tips on how to mitigate unconscious bias and improve inclusivity.

You can read the full article here.

Session Presenter

Amy Bonomi is the Director of MSU’s Children and Youth Institute and a Faculty Member in MSU’s Research Consortium on Gender-based Violence.

Nelia Viveiros is the Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Operations, serving as the Interim Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Inclusion at University of Colorado Denver.


8 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.



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