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Steps to Taking an Antibias Stance

  1. Let it be known that you do not condone biased attitudes, actions, or behaviors. 
  2. Understand that difference is an enrichment not a deficit. 
  3. Learn to be "comfortable" (even if you aren’t at first) in a situation where you are the minority, especially if you are used to being in the majority. 
  4. When you are in the majority recognize that there are people in minority groups who feel disempowered. 
  5. Work at becoming inclusive of diverse groups and, when there is an absence of diversity, work at questioning that absence and its impact. 
  6. Adopt anti-racist, anti-sexist, anti-heterosexist perspectives. 
  7. Avoid, in your everyday life, the use of racist, sexist, anti-gay, anti-lesbian epithets and speak out when others use them. 
  8. Avoid making assumptions about people on the basis of race, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, nationality, religion, physical ability, class, and age. 
  9. Learn to use your power equitably, especially in situations where there are communication differences: 1. Seek clarification 2. Use open-ended language 3. Be assertive, not aggressive. 
  10. Make a commitment to yourself to observe how bias operates in your day-to day life. 
  11. Take all complaints of bias, harassment, and abuse seriously and assist the person in finding appropriate resources for intervention, reconciliation, or redress.