What it's all about...


Identify deep-seated implicit biases, explore how they impact decision making, and learn to recode them in a proactive and empowering way. With a specific focus on gender biases, this class unpacks how biases impede gender equity – and how to bust them.


  • Understand the background processes that lead to biases
  • Discover a suite of biases, including implicit biases, and unpack how they affect decision making
  • Learn to identify biases and how they are playing out in your brain and in the world around you
  • Develop the capacity to bust past and recode biases (yours and others')
  • Understand how stereotypes form and how to recode them
  • Uncover how implicit biases and gender biases are impeding gender equity
  • Learn how to intervene to boost empathy, and overcome the biases that are impeding equity


This class will help you identify deep-seated implicit biases that lead to snap judgments, and it will give you the tools to start recoding them in a proactive and empowering way. You'll learn about a whole suite of biases, including implicit biases, uncover the ways in which they affect decision making, and learn tricks for busting past them – both your's and other people's. You'll also uncover the background process that leads to biases in the first place – learning how our minds comprehend the world, filter information, trick us into thinking particular ways about things, and use the categorization strategy that can lead to reductive thinking. Through a fascinating case study on the research and development of the Gender Equity toolkit, you will discover how biases are perpetuating the status quo of inequity and will gain tools to overcome biases, build empathy and work towards achieving gender equity. By the end of this course you'll have developed more mastery over your cognitive processes, and, as a result, will be able to make more ethical and considered decisions in your interactions.

Dr. Leyla Acaroglu
Dr. Leyla Acaroglu
Lead Instructor

Sustainability provocateur, award-winning designer, 2016 UNEP Champion of the Earth, and creative channg-maker prioneer, Dr. Leyla Acaroglu challenges people to think differently about how the world works. As the founder of the UnSchool and creator of the Disruptive Design Method, Leyla weaves togetehr her skills as a deisgner, sociologist, and entrepreneur, to create highly imersive educative experiences. She is a sought after international expert on systems change and sustainabaility, running workshops around the world and designing activating experiences, gamified toolkits, and unique educational experiences that help equip people to intervene in systems to make the status quo obsolete. Her mainstage TED talk on sustainability has been viewed over a million times, and she leads presentations around the world on activating positive social change through creative interventions.