Unpacking Microaggressions – Small Things, Big Impact

    Course Description:
    This workshop will promote conscious competence regarding microaggressions, implicit bias and talking about difference. We’ll start by defining terminology including unpacking the various types of microaggressions. Participants will explore ways to interrupt microaggression discrimination in progress by developing scripts of what to say when they see or hear something and how to support the person at whom the microaggression was directed. Together we’ll practice how to rephrase common microaggressions to say what you mean and not offend people when you speak.

    Course Objectives: At the end of the course, participants will be able to:

    1. Define the concept of microaggressions and why they happen;
    2. Describe the impact of microaggressions particularly on people from historically marginalized groups;
    3. Describe ways to interrupt microaggression discrimination in progress;
    4. Describe 3 ways to change your language to avoid offending people.

    Course Hours: 4

    Sandra CushnieInstructor Bio: Sandra Cushnie (she/her) is a JEDI – a Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion educator. A seasoned HR professional, change leader and communicator Sandra applies over two decades of experience to the ultimate change challenge creating a more equitable world.

    Sandra is a proud Caribbean-Canadian Black woman. She is married, a mother of an adult daughter, a caregiver, a martial artist, and an avid runner. She devotes her time outside of work to coaching young athletes (particularly young women) and supporting literacy/reading programs for school-age children in under-served/equity seeking communities.

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