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Serious insight for serious situations.

Serious insight for serious situations.

Responding to Microaggressions in the Workplace

About This Course

In this interactive course, we tackle the problem of microaggressions in the workplace.  These subtle, negative comments or actions are often unintentional but nonetheless have a damaging impact on the target recipients – like, being asked “Where are you really from?” or when a female physician is mistaken for a nurse.

We start by gaining an understanding of what microaggressions are, and then review the different types and the ways they can present at work.  Finally, we review a variety of strategies for addressing them, both passive and active.  By engaging in various exercises and discussions, participants leave with a fuller understanding of how to recognize these behaviours and solid tools for dealing with them when they occur.

Learning Objectives

  • Understanding what microaggressions are
  • Identifying microaggressions when they occur
  • Exploring and practicing strategies for responding to microaggressions

Course Topics Include

  • The definition of “Microaggressions”
  • Three types of microaggressions (microinsult, microinvalidation, microassault)
  • Different types of microaggressions
  • Responding to microaggressions
    • Did one occur?
    • Should I respond?
    • How do I respond?
  • Passive/active responses
  • Different active responses
  • Strategies for receiving feedback after engaging in a microaggression


LSO Accredited EDI This program contains
1 EDI Professionalism Hour.

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This is a 60-minute module that can be used as an add-on to our Respect at Work course or can be taken on its own. Please visit our Respectful Workplace Training page in order to contact us for more information on how to customize this module to fit the needs of your organization.

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