IWiN Toolkit: Implicit Bias

Are you working to increase awareness of the issues facing women in academia? Neuroscience departments and programs and SfN chapters can help with a new suite of tools: the Increasing Women in Neuroscience (IWiN) presentations created by SfN’s Professional Development Committee.

This resource, IWiN Toolkit: Implicit Bias, is a 30-minute presentation with compelling data and ready-to-use tools to educate and present on implicit bias.


Research shows that we all — regardless of social groups — perceive and treat people differently based on their social groups.

By exploring the following topics in this toolkit, you can increase your audience’s awareness of the effect of implicit bias on evaluation in academia and provide a greater understanding of how to combat it:

  • Global statistics on faculty salaries by sex
  • Diversity and scientific excellence recruitment strategies
  • Implicit Bias (Schemas): What is it and how is it measured?
  • Evidence that implicit bias affects evaluation
  • Strategies for breaking the cycle

To use this presentation, download the file, review the background notes underneath each slide, and share with your audience. Additionally, this supplemental resource list can help you prepare for the presentation or be provided to your audience. Following your review and/or use of the materials, we invite you to share your feedback through this brief survey.

In addition to the Implicit Bias toolkit, review and use the Candidate Recruitment and Evaluation toolkit for data and recommendations on how to improve hiring practices. 

Also read Ways to Change the Implicit Bias Status Quo, an interview with Anne Etgen, professor emerita at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, on implicit bias data and strategies to reduce implicit bias in evaluations, recruitment, retention, and other institutional processes.

Download the IWiN Toolkit: Implicit Bias presentation here.

The Increasing Women in Neuroscience: Implicit Bias presentation was adapted from live workshops and made possible through the grant-funded Department Chair Training to Increase Women in Neuroscience (IWiN) program.

Did you miss the Candidate Recruitment and Evaluation toolkit? Download it here.

Explore Neuronline articles on women in neuroscience and diversity, and IWiN learning modules for related SfN resources, and read the book What Works: Gender Equality by Design, by Iris Bohnet.

This toolkit is easily adaptable for audiences all over the world. Download Guidelines for Internationalizing the IWiN Toolkit to get started.

Have you hosted your own workshop? How did you tailor the presentation to impact your community? Share your tips, stories, or questions below.  

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