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Bias Response Team

The Bias Response Team (BRT) is a Portland State University community identified group of trained advocates and a central administrative core that works with students, staff and faculty experiencing bias on campus.


To report an incident please fill out the online report HERE


What is Bias?
Bias is a state of mind, tendency, or inclination that prevents unprejudiced consideration of other alternatives. Bias can occur deliberately, intentionally, or unintentionally. It can be directed toward an attitude, an individual, or group regarding (but not limited to) race, color, creed, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, physical or mental ability, political, or religious ideology.

How is Bias Expressed?
Bias can be expressed in many differnt ways. It can include physical, spoken, or written acts of abuse, insensitivity, lack of awareness, violence, harassment, intimidation, extortion, the use of vulgarity, cursing, making remarks, of a personally destructive nature toward any other person, and any restriction of free movement of an individual.

The goals of the BRT are:

  • To increase opportunities for communication and restorative justice for students, staff, and faculty
  • To collect data demonstrating how student, staff, and faculty experiences affect overall campus climate
  • To address incidents and trends as they are identified through trainings or other means that will improve the campus climate in regards to bias.

 

Students, staff and faculty accessing the BRT will learn
Those who file will…

  • Increase their ability to identify and access campus resources.
  • Learn tools to advocate for themselves
  • Understand how to navigate the complexities of PSU


Those who advocate will…

  • Broaden their understanding around referral options to other campus services
  • Empower targets of bias and increase conflict resolution skills