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Hacking Stereotypes

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413 Royle Building

31 Wenlock Road

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Stereotypes are “characteristics imposed upon groups of people because of their race, nationality, gender and sexual orientation.” These characteristics tend to be oversimplifications of the groups involved, and while some people truly do embody the traits of their stereotypes, they are not necessarily representative of all people within that group. Stereotypes are not always accurate and even if positive, can be harmful, both in society and the workplace.

The Fawcett Study reports that 45% of people said that when they were children, they experienced gender stereotyping as they were expected to behave in a certain way. Stereotyping in childhood has wide-ranging and significant negative consequences for both women and men, with more than half (51%) of people affected saying it constrained their career choices and 44% saying it harmed their personal relationships.

Half of all women affected (53%) said gender stereotyping had a negative impact on who does the caring in their own family. Older women were particularly affected by this. 7 in 10 younger women (18-34s) affected by stereotypes say their career choices were restricted.

Boys and men feel it too. 69% of men aged under 35 said that gender stereotyping of children has a damaging effect on perceptions of what it means to be a man or a woman.

And of course stereotyping is just not constrained to gender. Asians are ambitious. Black men are great athletes. Being gay makes you fashion conscious. And although these on the surface all appear positive, any individual targeted by a positive stereotype associated with a partciular social group may assume the person making the positive stereotype also believes they possess the negative stereotypes associated with that group.

In this 90 minute pilot, Daniele Fiandaca, co-founder of Utopia and Tolu Farinto, change-maker at Utopia, will look at where stereotypes come from and why our brains need them. We will cover the impact of stereotypes on all minority groups and it’s close links to unconscious bias, microaggressions and the erosion of psychological safety in the workplace. We identify how organisations contribute towards stereotypes in the workplace and beyond, how these create barriers to inclusion and diversity and the small changes you can make to minimise stereotyping and mitigate its impact.

As it is a pilot, please do expect to be asked for feedback at the end so we can understand how we can make it better. Feedback after all is a gift.

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United Kingdom

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