RISE-T015 Unconscious Bias and Cultural Humility in Travel

Short Course Series on Sustainability & Anti-Oppression in Travel

Has travel ever changed the way you think about a culture, or revealed a bias you didn’t know you had? In this course, we will unpack the concept of unconscious bias as defined by academic research in psychology and how unconscious bias plays out in the travel space. We will also examine the nuances between cultural competence, cultural awareness and cultural humility and look at what it means by acknowledging cultural differences in the context of travel. This course will provide you with the tools to critically challenge your own biases and understand how you can use cultural humility as a traveler to address power imbalances in travel and foster a more diverse, compassionate and inclusive world.


Board Director, RISE Travel Institute

Amanda Kendle

Amanda Kendle (she/her/hers) is the host of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast, a show aiming to encourage travel-lovers to be more mindful in their travels and covering topics like the personal benefits of travel, sustainability, ecotourism and the impact of travel on destinations. She lives in Perth, Western Australia and has spent time living and working in Asia and Europe. She also runs a social media and blogging consultancy business, offering training and coaching to small businesses and creatives.

Founder & Executive Director, RISE Travel Institute

Vincie Ho, Ph.D.

A humane educator and social justice advocate, Vincie (she/her) founded RISE Travel Institute in June 2020 with the commitment to engage young people in important conversations around human rights, animal protection and environmental sustainability in the context of travel. She is also the creator of Paths Crossing, a card game designed to foster cross-cultural connections and inspire mindful travel decisions. She has been involved with Impact Travel Alliance since 2018 and currently holds the position of Chapter Engagement Lead on their global team. Before Vincie started working in the nonprofit world, she was a university French lecturer and linguist for over a decade. As an academic, she had the opportunity to travel around the world for conferences and fieldwork. In 2010, she left academia to work in the area of refugee empowerment in Senegal, a transformative experience that motivated her to pursue a second career in international peace and human rights, as well as sustainable travel. Vincie has a PhD in Linguistics from the University of Hong Kong and a Master of Arts degree from University College London. She has also obtained various graduate certificates and diplomas from the Institute for Humane Education and New York University in the United States, the United Nations University in Japan, and l’Université de Franche-Comté in France. She is based in the Greater New York City Area.

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To ensure our programs and courses are more accessible for everyone, we offer tuition options based on the income level of your country of residence. We use the World Bank's country classifications by income level in 2021-2022 to set tuition discounts for residents in upper-middle income countries (UMIC), lower-middle income countries (LMIC) and low income countries (LIC). Please read our pricing FAQ carefully before registering: https://www.risetravelinstitute.org/pricing-model-explained

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