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Maine HR Convention: May 11-15, 2020 – Virtual+ Edition


Workshop D: Microaggressions

Wednesday, May 13th, 2020 @ 10:15 am - 11:45 am

How the Little Things Become a Big Problem

What’s it all about? Many employees experience verbal, physical, and environmental slights every day based upon perceptions of their race, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, class, immigration status, disability, or other factors. While sometimes unintentional and often unnoticed by others, these experiences often make those targeted feel unsafe and unwelcome and have a significant negative impact on workplace climate, employee health, retention, productivity, and cohesiveness. Clara Porter and Louisa Irele from Prevention. Action. Change. lead this highly interactive workshop to help HR professionals recognize microaggressions and identify them early. They will also give you tools for prevention and effective response in the moment.

Why you’ll want to participate in this session.

  • Define microaggressions and detail their impact on individual employees and the workplace as a whole.
  • Identify microaggressions based upon: race, gender/gender identity, disability, sexual orientation, age, class, and other factors.
  • Learn to intervene effectively: address microaggressions in the workplace, discover how to reset the tone in the moment, and take steps for prevention.

Approved for SHRM Credit and HRCI General (HR) Credit.


Program Faculty: Clara Porter, Louisa Irele