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Intent versus Impact: Understanding Microaggressions


Microaggressions usually involves demeaning implications and other subtle insults against marginalized groups. They can be very harmful since they perpetuate stereotypes and create a wide array of psychological, physical and emotional problems. Furthermore, they can potentially devalue social group identities, lead to lower work productivity, and create inequities in educational learning. This workshop will explore this important topic in our society including what microaggressions are, various ways they’re conveyed, and the impact on cultural groups. Additionally, strategies will be identified to assist with reducing this subtle form of discrimination.

Learning Objectives

  • Introduce the concept of microaggressions and explore examples as they relate to education, media, and the workplace.

  • Discuss the implications of microaggressions on marginalized groups including the psychological, emotional, and social impact.

  • Explore various strategies to reduce microaggressions at the individual, institutional, and societal levels.

Board Accreditation

MN Board of Social Work
     4.0 CEUs   (CEP-275)

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