Unconscious Bias in Nonprofit Work

Members $125/Non-members $250

NTEN courses run for one week and are offered twice a year.

The examples provided are really fabulous and inspiring - in part, because they aren't super flashy. I really appreciate the real-world examples and how this course made success feel approachable.
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Course Overview

Understanding of Unconscious Bias

What is unconscious bias? You should be able to understand the concept by the end of this course, and possibly explain it to someone else.

Understanding privilege

You will have a better understanding and ability to talk about privilege.

Unconscious bias affects decision-making

You will have a greater awareness of how our brains make decisions and why the goal is not to be non-judgmental but to make better judgments.


Do you want to be more impactful in your work? Are you looking to engage new audiences? Or perhaps create (and keep) a more diverse team?

Unconscious bias can inhibit your ability to reach any of these goals. In this course, you’ll learn what unconscious bias is, how it impedes decision-making, and why we need to mitigate it, not get rid of it. We’ll also touch upon what research says about talking about diversity. Do terms like “privilege” and “white fragility” help or hurt conversations around race and other types of diversity?

This is an excellent course for anyone new or familiar with these ideas, as we’ll be framing the conversation in a new way. The only thing that’s needed is an open mind and a willingness to discuss uncomfortable feelings.


Minal Bopaiah

Founder & Principal
Brevity & Wit LLC
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Minal Bopaiah is a communications strategist with 20 years of professional experience, formal training in psychology and organizational development, and a lifelong passion for diversity and inclusion.

As the Founder and Principal Consultant of Brevity & Wit, Minal is an expert in using psychological principles to create strategic communications that win both hearts and minds for change initiatives. She has helped businesses and nonprofits get the most out of their marketing dollars by focusing on tailored solutions that leverage an organization’s existing resources. She is both data-driven and relational in her approach to crafting smart, effective communications.

Minal’s thought leadership has been published in the Stanford Social Innovation Review and numerous blogs, and she has been a guest on several podcasts and radio shows, including The Kojo Nnamdi Show on WAMU/NPR. She has also been an invited speaker at Greater Public, PBS Kids, and NPR.

She is currently working on two books: one with her mentor, Dr. Johnnetta Betsch Cole, the first African American woman President of Spelman College, and another on communicating and designing for diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion.

Minal lives and works in Silver Spring, Maryland and is married to a real-life American firefighter.

Blended courses run for one week and offer a mix of self-paced and live events to offer both the flexibility you need with the personal connection you want.
Pre-Work (Readings & Quiz)

Live Event

Recording Available
20-30 mins (Self-Paced)
20-30 mins (Self-Paced)


Several relevant articles will establish key concepts and ideas as a primer to the live event, and help you to identify questions and topics you want to explore further.

Knowledge Check

A brief quiz will reinforce what you've learned so far. Don't stress - it isn't pass/fail - it is just to help you remember and distill the concepts you read in the pre-work.

Live Event

This is a 90-minute live captioned online training with opportunities to interact with the presenter and your peers. And if you can't make the live session, you'll be able to access a captioned recording.


Faculty, themselves experts with a wealth of nonprofit experience, have created exercises that will reinforce what you've learned and give you actionable steps to improving your organization.

Earn While You Learn - Professional Credits

In addition to our own Nonprofit Technology Professional Certificate, NTEN is an approved provider for a number of other professional credentials programs. This course qualifies for the following credits:


NTEN Professional Certificate