The Bias Inside Us is an exhibition and community engagement project from the Smithsonian that explores the social science, psychology, and consequences of implicit bias. Bias is an innate human trait; we all have it. Being aware of our bias can help us recognize its influence and impact on our behaviors and worldview.
The Bias Inside Us offers an opportunity to learn how to challenge bias in the world through awareness of one’s own bias.
Organized by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES) and hosted by the Democracy Center, the exhibition discusses the social science and psychology of implicit bias, its impact, and what people can do about it.
Through compelling images, hands-on interactives, and powerful testimonials throughout six sections The Bias Inside Us gives visitors the opportunity to challenge bias in the world through awareness of one’s own bias. The exhibition’s six sections are Introduction, The Science of Bias, Bias in Real Life, Serious Consequences — Bias is All Around Us, #RetrainYourBrain, and Personal Reflection.
The Bias Inside Us is organized by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service. Major support is provided by The Otto Bremer Trust. Additional support provided by Acton Family Giving, Anonymous donors, The Beverly Foundation, Steve and Sheri Lear, Target, the Margaret A. Cargill Foundation Fund of the Minneapolis Foundation, Thomson Reuters, Alabama Power Foundation, Allianz of America, Valerie E. and William A. Anders, Atlanta Gas Light Foundation, Julie and David Burton, the Dreier Family, Lennart Ehn and Ginger Lew, Expedia, Trevor and Melissa Fetter, the Roger S. Firestone Foundation, Brenda J. Gaines, Myra Hart and Kent Hewitt, Charlie and Nancy Hogan, Judy and Bob Huret, Dr. Christine C. Jenkins and Mr. Pierre A. France, KNOCK, inc., Sarah Lawer and Frank Guanco, Leaders Forum, Kathleen Mason, Elyse Rabinowitz and Jim Porter, Dr. Philip S. and Alice Hoolihan Randall, Gloria del C. Rodriguez, the Family of Leona Roen, and Naoma Tate.
Based on an original concept developed by Tolerance in Motion: Steve Lear, Laura Zelle, and Elyse Rabinowitz, founders; Ellen Glatstein, Laura Lipshutz, Alice Randall, Joanne Jones-Rizzi, and Susan Shapiro, directors; Don Shelby, founding advisor; and the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas, Steve Hunegs, executive director.