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Part 1: Self-paced Learning

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The IDEAL Learning Journey Steps

Part 1: Self-paced Learning

This first part of The IDEAL Learning Journey is a flexible experience; you choose when it's best for you/your schedule to learn. All staff are pre-enrolled in the self-paced learning in STARS. You'll start with an orientation, then move through a variety of awareness-building learning options called "foundations" at your own pace, and participate in e-learning courses. After Part 1 is completed, you're able to enroll in the interactive workshops.

Start with an orientation

Watch the orientation video to gain greater insights about the university's diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) vision, your learning options, and the learning journey offerings. Included is a message from the Provost highlighting the importance of treating each other fairly, raising concerns, and establishing behavioral expectations. Also included: a syllabus and a demo to help you navigate the journey. Time commitment: approximately 20-25 minutes.

Next, build your foundational knowledge to prepare for the learning journey

You decide what topics/videos/articles to explore. In addition to the videos and articles, you'll be invited to complete a self-assessment, any of the Harvard Implicit Association Tests offered, and will see questions for your self-reflection or self-journaling that may be helpful to you.

The resources were handpicked for the learning journey, covering a range of topics related to diversity such as systemic racism, pronouns, social model of disability, gender identity and expression, and more.

Time commitment: approximately 60-90 minutes, depending on the number of resources reviewed. 

To complete Part 1, dive into continued knowledge building with e-learning courses

Keep your learning journey going with two online courses designed to increase your awareness of implicit biases and its impact on daily interactions, as well as to provide you with strategies to reduce the impact. The e-learning was developed by the University of CA system and provides an understanding of the dimensions of bias and how to disrupt them, a fundamental component of the learning journey. Time commitment: Each e-learning course is approximately 45-60 minutes.

Note: People managers have one additional e-learning course on managing bias in the hiring process; view the Manager learning journey details webpage.

  • Course 1: Implicit Bias and its Impact describes how the brain uses shortcuts and schemas to process stimuli; explains how attitudes, stereotypes, and biases form; describes and cites ways in which implicit bias affects daily actions; compares the cause/effect relationship of implicit bias, and identifies common forms of workplace biases. 
  • Course 2: Debiasing Techniques recognizes situations wherein an individual is prone to the influence of bias; reviews external factors that influence the bias; evaluates the influence of bias on the decision-making process; provides counterexamples and stereotype replacements, and aids in constructing a personal plan for managing the influence of implicit bias.

Want a graphic overview of the e-learning courses? (NOTE: Login to the Google shared document with your Stanford email)

View the e-learning courses "primer"

The power of self-reflection

A Guide to Self-Reflection is available for you to easily capture your self-reflection as you proceed with your self-paced learning. To access, login with your Stanford account to the Google shared drive; if you are logged into Google with a personal Gmail account, you will not be able to access the document.

View or download the guide to self-reflection

Last step for this learning component: Enroll in workshops

You are able to self-enroll in Part 2: Workshops in STARS after you have completed Part 1: Self-paced learning.


Part 1 Survey: Your opinion matters! You'll receive an invitation to spend a few minutes completing a brief survey on self-paced learning to help improve the program.