Concurrent Session
Microaggressions and Allyship Can’t Coexist: Skills for Creating Safer Workplaces for People of Color
Wednesday 10/21/2020 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM   Add to calendar
Intended Audience: Novice
Workplace Application:
Learn how to recognize subtle acts of exclusion and how to speak up about them as allies when you see or hear them happening.  

Research shows that subtle acts of exclusion (microaggressions) continue to happen to people of marginalized identities. These interactions, committed by well-meaning people, threaten inclusion in our workplaces. The disproportionate burden falls on those who experience the interaction - to either let it slide or to speak up and potentially face repercussions. We need allies to recognize these subtle interactions and to speak up for colleagues in order to create open, trusting, and inclusive cultures. 

Learning Objectives: 

  • Deeply understand how subtle acts of exclusion (microaggressions) threaten workplace inclusion. 

  • Practice recognizing subtle acts of exclusion that happen to people of different marginalized identities. Learn best practice guidelines for speaking up as an ally for colleagues who experience subtle acts of exclusion.  

  • Practice productive conversations about subtle acts of exclusion from different perspectives. 

  • Visualize how this active allyship can increase openness, kindness, trust, and inclusion in workplace cultures. 

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Michael Baran, Senior Partner and Digital Solutions Lead,