May 10, 2022

Building Toward Belonging

Building Toward Belonging: Implicit Bias Training Begins May 2

  • To build a more compassionate and inclusive culture, we are launching a mandatory educational program called “Building Toward Belonging: Michigan Medicine Implicit Bias Training.” The Implicit Bias series, which is comprised of three one-hour courses, will educate our community on why inclusion matters, identify ways to serve as an ally to others, and teach strategies for reducing bias in our decision making and our daily work. 
  • The program was developed to support the BASE strategic priority of Belonging, and the Michigan Medicine strategic initiative of diversity, equity and inclusion. It also fulfills the LARA licensing requirement for over 10,000 faculty and staff members.
  • Available May 2, 2022, the three modules can be taken individually or in its entirety at any time. There are different requirements for employees who are licensed through LARA and those who are not:
    • LARA requires one hour of implicit bias training annually for currently licensed staff, which must be completed by their license renewal date.
    • New licensees must complete two hours of training in their first year.
    • Michigan Medicine employees who are not LARA licensed, must complete at least one hour of training by June 30, 2023.
    • Licensed staff who must take the course soon, based on their license renewal date, will be eligible to attend any public session, even if it is considered full. (information on how to override this is on the site.)
  • This series will be an annual mandatory requirement, with new content refreshed every year. Our senior leaders are committed to spending the time and resources necessary to build this curriculum. When we learn these concepts together, we all have a part in shaping our future toward a more inclusive environment. 

The courses are available on MY LINC. Faculty, staff and learners can register, as well as review Frequently Asked Questions, through the Building Toward Belonging page on the OHEI website