Responding to Microaggressions

Event Date
Oct 19, 2021
2:00 pm
4:00 pm
St. Kate's

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Workshop Description

Microaggressions are daily verbal and nonverbal insults of slights, whether intentional or not, that target a person’s marginalized identity. Each of us has experienced microaggressions at different rates. Microaggressions are one of the most common reasons a person with marginalized identities checks out of work or leaves their place of employment. Join us to explore ways to interrupt and respond to microaggressions to better equity and create belonging for all. In this workshop, participants will:

  • explore different types of microaggressions and their impacts

  • unpack intent vs impact and cultural humility

  • explore dispositions, mindsets, and strategies to interrupt and respond to microaggressions and bias-based mistreatment when they happen

Lead Facilitator: Rebecca Slaby - Executive Director

Rebecca Slaby leads AMAZEworks in working with schools, communities, and organizations to create equity and belonging for children and adults. She gives workshops on Anti-Bias Education with a focus on cultural responsiveness, bias, identity and stereotype threat, and intercultural communication and conflict and co-authored the AMAZEworks middle school curriculum. With a MEd from DePaul University, she has 15 years of experience teaching middle school humanities/social studies and has worked with schools on issues of equity, inclusion, and justice on institutional, state, and regional levels. She has been a racial justice facilitator for the YWCA Minneapolis since 2015 and is a trained cultural competency facilitator for the Professional Educators Licensing and Standards Board for the state of Minnesota. She has presented at the Overcoming Racism, Minnesota Education Association, NAEYC, MnAEYC, Safe Schools, Minnesota Council of Nonprofits, and Forum on Workplace Inclusion conferences and teaches courses on equity-based pedagogy at the University of Minnesota.