by Joelle Emerson
There’s growing skepticism about whether unconscious bias training is an effective tool for meeting corporate diversity goals. Critics of such training contend that it doesn’t move the needle on diversity numbers, and can even backfire. Some academic studies support this perspective: One longitudinal study found that traditional diversity trainings are the least effective strategy an organization can employ to increase the number of underrepresented minorities. On the other hand, a meta-analysis found that diversity trainings can be effective, depending on many factors including content, length and accompanying diversity efforts.