GUMC Bias Reduction Improvement Coaching Program (BRIC)

Bias Reduction Improvement Coaching Program (BRIC) is a dynamic train-the-trainer program that empowers faculty and staff facilitators in departments across Georgetown University Medical Center (GUMC) to lead training workshops and engage in dialogues around unconscious and conscious bias awareness and reduction. This program is a professional development opportunity for our faculty and staff to learn about the science and impact of unconscious bias and how to mitigate its impacts in our workplace and culture for the benefit of their teams and departments across GUMC. The program is sponsored by the Office of Dr. Edward B. Healton, Executive Vice President of GUMC and the GUSOM Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

Learn more here about the BRIC Program:

To Apply:
Up to 25 BRIC Coaches who are faculty and staff members at GUMC and MedStar will be recruited for the pilot program. We are looking for representatives that will come from a wide array of departments across GUMC. Applicants may:

  • Self-nominate based on interest in topic and training other colleagues in department or
  • Be recommended by your Departmental Chair/Supervisor or
  • Have previously attended an AAMC Everyday Bias Training  or
  • Have served as a member of the Subcommittee on Faculty Diversity & Inclusion under the FDC or the Faculty Diversity & Inclusion Committee.
BRIC Coaches will be selected from across a wide variety of GUMC departments, interest/passion for learning about unconscious bias, and a desire to educate and train fellow colleagues to increase awareness of bias and action to reduce the impact of biases across campus.

Application Deadline:
The online application take less than 15 minutes to complete. Applications are due by July 31 at 5 pm EST.

The first, inaugural cohort of BRIC Coaches will be selected and notified by Friday, August 9, 2019.

Launch in September 2019:
An orientation meeting is scheduled for either the week of September 23rd or 30th.

Coaching Focus:
BRICs will learn how to conduct interactive facilitated workshop sessions organized around specific situations that most GUMC community members encounter in their day-to-day work:
  • Recruiting and hiring
  • Team dynamics and workplace culture
  • Career development, mentoring and promotions
  • These trainings will explore the fundamentals of unconscious bias and bias mitigation, and delve into specific ways that departments can identify and address opportunities and challenges. 
Benefits of the Program:
During this interactive 2-year, cohort-based learning experience, BRIC Coaches will:
  • Understand the science and studies behind conscious and unconscious bias.
  • Build new skills in creating inclusive teams, intercultural communications, and increasing employee engagement in their workplace cultures.
  • Realize the impact of unconscious bias on organizational behavior, employee recruitment, retention and promotions
  • Forge collaborations with new faculty and staff colleagues across GUMC to share out ideas, efforts, and resources for reducing unconscious bias.
  • Receive copies of the Blindspot: The Hidden Biases of Good People, and downloadable (adaptable), printable training packets and videos.