The University of Louisville will be one of five stops next week for a mobile bus touring Louisville to teach lessons on diversity and inclusion.

The CEO Action Check Your Blind Spots interactive bus, sponsored by the College of Business, will be on Belknap Campus April 23, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. It will be parked in the circle near Gottschalk Hall, the Bingham Humanities Building and the Shumaker Research Building. Activities are free and open to the public.

Other stops on the tour are Humana (Monday), Bellarmine University (Wednesday, with the Lean Into Louisville citywide promotion), Yum! Brands (Thursday) and Papa John’s (Friday). Only the UofL and Bellarmine stops are open to the public.

The bus features virtual reality and gaming technology to teach about unconscious biases that can influence behaviors. It tours cities around the United States. Find out more about the tour here.

Opening our campus to the tour is part of UofL’s public commitment to improving diversity and inclusion for students, faculty and staff. It is a direct result of UofL President Neeli Bendapudi’s signing the CEO Action for Diversity Inclusion Pledge Agreement last fall.

Created by CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion, the largest CEO-driven business commitment to improve diversity and inclusion within the workplace in the country, the Check Your Blind Spots tour last between 5 to 30 minutes. Among the activities are:

● Wake Up Call: A 100% audio experience, through a wall of ringing phones, participants pick up a receiver and overhear conversations between landlords, tenants and potential renters that reveal unintended bias.
● Look Through a Different Lens: Via gamification and digital viewfinder, participants watch an interaction between co-workers setting up a work-related event and then identify moments when unconscious biases are demonstrated.
● Face Yourself, Face Reality: In front of a mirror, participants watch as their reflection fades away to reveal a different person staring back at them. Through this touchscreen experience, each new reflection shares a series of biases they’ve experienced.

Follow the tour through Louisville on Instagram @CEO_Action and Twitter @CEOAction.

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Janet Cappiello covers the College of Business, the J.B. Speed School of Engineering, the College of Education and Human Development, the School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies, Sustainability Council and military initiatives for the Office of Communications and Marketing. She has more than 30 years’ experience in journalism, including working for The Associated Press and magazines such as Vegetarian Times and Sustainability: The Journal of Record. She has been at UofL since March 2014.