Human Resources Service Center

Avoiding Bias in Hiring

If you are involved in hiring employees, this workshop is for you. 

During this overview of unconscious bias and its impact on the hiring process, you will be provided tools and strategies for ensuring that the best candidates apply and are hired for open positions. Time for discussion and opportunities to practice implementing the strategies are included in the workshop.

Workshop enrollees are encouraged to complete an online exercise in preparation for the workshop: Implicit Association Test (IAT) at Take A Test(opens in new window)

Who has completed this course?

View a list of employees who have completed this course(opens in new window). Course completion is valid for 4 years.

Available Sessions

Register:  see below. Click "Register" to display available sessions, select one and "Submit."

Academic Year 2021-2022 sessions (all meetings via Zoom until further notice):

Fall 2021 dates:

Spring 2022 (2022 dates subject to change):

System Requirements: This course is interactive and uses Zoom breakout rooms. For best results, please login with A/V camera and microphone, if possible. 

Frequency: This course is due every four years.

Instructors: Michelle Morris, PhD, RD (Interim Chief Diversity Officer, Office of the President; and Professor, Dept. of Nutrition and Food Science) and Beverly Gentry (Manager, Professional Development)

Who should complete the training?  Campus employees interested in, or responsible for, selecting job candidates for hire. Targeted toward faculty and staff search committee chairs, as well as anyone serving on search committees or interested in best practices to hire the best candidate for an open position. While an employee may join a committee before receiving training, Employment Services will make candidate applications available only after the entire committee has completed the training.  NOTE: CSU-wide trainings are open to 9+ campuses.  Due to the interactive exercises, we typically limit enrollment to approx. 55 participants. Also, CSU-wide session registration closes 24 hours before the event, so please register early and cancel if you cannot attend, so another may have your spot, thank you!  

Student employee recruitments:  At this time, Avoiding Bias in Hiring training is not required for staff/faculty interviewing student employees.

Sponsors: University Diversity Council, Office of Academic Personnel, Human Resources Service Center (HRSC) Professional Development

Contact: Questions about this course should directed to  HRSC Professional Development.

Certificate of Completion: To view when you last completed this training, login to CSU Learn(opens in new window), select Transcript, change the date range to "All" and look for the course title in your training transcript. Click the diploma icon, to the left of the course, to print a certificate of completion. Workshop title used to be called, “Strategies for Avoiding Unconscious Bias in the Hiring Process.”

Search Committee Requirement

Chico State is committed to Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. As a campus we seek to cultivate and nurture a welcoming and inclusive campus where students, faculty, and staff have an equitable opportunity to thrive. It is essential that we afford this same opportunity to our job applicants. 

Starting earlier this year (2020), all staff and MPP search committee chairs and hiring managers were required to complete the “Avoiding Bias in Hiring” training before launching a search. 

To expand on that requirement, beginning in January 2021, upon the recommendation of the University Diversity Council and with the support of President Hutchinson and her cabinet, all campus employees and managers who are involved in search committees are required to complete training on the topic of Avoiding Bias in Hiring. (Faculty recruitments already require all members of committees to complete the training.)

During the training, participants will learn when and how unconscious biases can enter the recruitment process. They will also be provided with tools and strategies that can be used to mitigate its affects. Time for discussion and opportunities to practice implementing the strategies are included in the workshop.   

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