The IBTP is a methodical, individually-targeted program that takes motivated individuals through the following process:
While the model is comprehensive in its current form, it is also adaptable and modular so as to fit the needs of the group or organization that wishes to utilize it.
This website has been created to showcase the foundations, design, and prototype of the Implicit Bias Transformation Program. The IBTP was developed as the final capstone project for the Harvard University Extension School’s Master’s degree program by Siobahn Hotaling, with guidance and support from her main advisor, Professor Adrienne Tierney.
The ultimate goal of the IBTP is to become a proven model to help willing individuals transform their biases. In the short-term, we invite those organizations that are serious about bias training and tolerance building to pilot and implement this program.
Most bias trainings programs are administered in a group setting or in a non-interactive online format. While many trainings do a good job at giving a cursory understanding of what bias is and some examples of how biases are expressed, very few – if any – work to help participants target their specific biases, and still fewer give them the tools to transform them. This leaves the participants with some intellectual understandings of bias, but no actual perceptual or emotional changes take place. This renders these trainings all but useless for doing what they claim to do – help eliminate biases in the world.
The IBTP distinguishes itself from other bias trainings by taking a more personalized and internally-focused approach. It does this by using the following techniques: