Start time: 5.00 pm

End time: 7.30 pm


Equality, Diversity and Implicit Bias

Announcements from the UCD Centre for Ethics in Public life (CEPL) organiser: This online interactive seminar, uses practical philosophy to achieve better understanding of diversity, bias and equality at work and in our personal lives. Through a combination of short lectures, group discussions and reflective exercises, the seminar explores the topic of various forms of diversity (gender, race, religion, socio-economic status, etc.) and offers theoretical and practical guidance on how to minimise discriminatory thinking and practices. You will receive some general reading and short questionnaire in advance of this course.

None of us likes to think of ourselves as biased, and most of us would hate to think that we discriminate, through our attitudes and actions, against some people based on their identity or the group of which they are a part. Yet, to some smaller or larger extent, we all do it.

Research in psychology and sociology has shown the various mechanisms and behaviours through which we respond to diversity. Generally, the greater the perceived differences from us, the greater the discomfort. This leads us to act in ways of which, upon reflection, we would disapprove. That is why we also need a philosophical approach to diversity and bias: thinking strategies that help us reflect on our values, on the meaning of diversity and equality, and finally on how to apply the ethical principles that we discover in our day to day lives.

This workshop uses practical philosophy to lead to a better understanding of diversity, bias and equality; through a combination of short lectures, group discussions and reflective exercises, the aim is to learn to minimize discriminatory thinking and practices through greater ethical awareness.

The strategies will be based on ways of testing and increasing self-awareness; exploring the concepts we use (such as ‘difference’, ‘justice’, ‘kindness’, etc.) in relation to different groups; and applying helpful principles from existing ethical theories (e.g. universalizability of rules, or defining and developing good character traits).

Various forms of diversity will be explored (gender, race, religion, socio-economic status, etc.) and we will discuss how each form may affect justice in various work environments and in daily life.

The workshop will be highly interactive and based on relevant case-studies. To this end, participants are encouraged to bring accounts of their own experience/doubts relating to diversity and bias.

Cost: €22.20 – €75 . Click here to make a reservationA zoom link will be emailed to you once you have registered and paid

Any queries please contact Fiona Lavin at


Part I (55 minutes) – Reflection and Awareness

  • Introduction and warm up
  • Mini lecture: What is diversity ?
  • Small group discussion: unacknowledged types of diversity
  • Implicit bias
  • Whole group discussion
  • Case-study 1: Gender
  • Mini lecture: Gender and sex: between essence and construction
  • Discussion: the importance of differences

Short break

Part II (60 minutes) – Practical Strategies

  • Stereotyping and counter-stereotyping
  • Mini lecture: Justice and Equality
  • Kinds of discrimination (5 minutes)
  • Case-study 2: Race
  • Micro aggression
  • Small group discussion
  • Ethics-based strategies
  • Group work 1: Universal rules
  • Group work 2: Virtues
  • Whole group discussion and conclusion
Event Type
Web Session
Dr. Silvia Panizza from the UCD School of Philosophy
The UCD Centre for Ethics in Public life (CEPL)