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Institution Profile: University of Wisconsin-Maddison

LocationUnited States of America
Type of InstitutionComprehensive University or equivalent
Academic DisciplinesMedical Sciences

• Between 2010-2012, under the leadership of psychologist Prof. Fiona Devine, the University of Wisconsin-Maddison conducted an experiment around unconscious gender bias training among faculty.
• 92 Departments were randomized into two groups – a control group of 46 departments was given no unconscious bias training, while an experimental group of faculty from 46 other departments were given 5 ‘bias disruptor’ tools and training devised by Prof Devine’s team.
• The purpose was to contrast the impact of unconscious bias training on faculty behaviour and climate across the two groups, including faculty hiring outcomes.
• The experimental group’s hiring rate for women increased from 33 to 47 percent (with 31 additional women faculty members hired), while the control group’s hiring rate remained fixed at 33 percent.

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Searching for Excellence & Diversity: Increasing the Hiring of Women Faculty at One Academic Medical Center 4

This paper from University of Wisconsin-Maddison discusses an experiment conducted about unconscious gender bias training among faculty, highlighting the impact of unconscious bias training and subsequent faculty hiring outcomes.
University of Wisconsin-Maddison
United States of America (Comprehensive University or equivalent)
Topics:
Equity and inclusion
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Searching for Excellence & Diversity: A guide for search committees at the University of Wisconsin-Madison 2nd edition

This hiring guide from University of Wisconsin-Madison describes how to conduct hiring searches with diversity and equity.
University of Wisconsin-Maddison
United States of America (Comprehensive University or equivalent)
Topics:
Equity and inclusion
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