Exercise 1 - Tackling the problem of bias: taking ownership


Thinking about your own experiences with microaggressions, in-group preferences and stereotype threat in your work environment, are there ways in which you might be contributing to the problem/help maintain the status quo?


















Exercise 2 – Inclusive leadership: Practicing responses


Microaggressions and other expressions of bias often take us by surprise. This role play activity aims to help you practice responses so you can be prepared to make a difference and mitigate bias in the workplace. Use this space to jot down ideas you pick up from this exercise.



Exercise 3 – Inclusive leadership: a plan for action


Think back at the 3 diversity constructs: variety, separation and disparity. In your environment, where are the priorities? What can you do to move the needle and promote inclusivity? The table provides some example interventions, some require more effort and resources than others and you likely will think of others. Use the worksheet on the next page to identify priority areas and next steps to translate your plans into action.


Diversity construct

Example interventions

Promote diversity as variety

(differences in information, knowledge or experience among members of an organization or group)

  • Encourage/require diverse representation in committees
  • Promote team approach in everyday work (e.g. rounds, huddles etc)
  • Invite underrepresented groups or group members to speak/participate

Decrease diversity as separation

(differences in position or opinion among members, in-group vs out-group formation and stereotyping)

  • Bias training
  • Create policies around bias, microaggressions and in-group preferences
  • Highlight examples that break through stereotypes
  • Counter microaggressions as they happen

Decrease diversity as disparity

(differences in status between members)

  • Create equal treatment policies
  • Invite underrepresented group members to leadership
  • Create collaborative leadership models






What do you need? (resources)

Who needs to be on board? (stakeholders)

How do you get started? (next steps)