Microaggressions are subtle but offensive comments or actions directed at someone in a marginalized group, they are often unintentional and unconsciously reinforcing a stereotype. Many times microaggressions are fueled by unconscious biases. WTI expert facilitators use this understanding as a basis for our “Everyday Microaggressions at Work” session which is inspired by the groundbreaking work of Derald Wing Sue, professor of psychology at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Education.
As with unconscious biases, microaggressions begin with making spontaneous judgments about people or situations based on the “observers” impressions of another’s identity, past experiences, culture, or background. During this interactive session, WTI facilitators present an introduction to the concept of microaggressions, classify the various types of microaggressions, and offer solutions for mitigating microaggressions at the individual, group, and company levels. During these learning journeys, our DEI experts also explore the psychological effects of microaggressions on both the perpetrators and the targets via candid conversations and video storytelling.
Lisa Benson, is one of the top ‘Unstoppable Global Consultants‘, a certified DEI consultant, published author, and Emmy award-winning journalist with more than 20 years of communications, storytelling, and television news experience.
Following an encounter with workplace bias, she earned executive Diversity and Inclusion certifications from both Cornell and Northwestern Universities that enrich my Communications degree from Clark Atlanta University.
Lisa uses her knowledge and first-hand experiences to educate on unconscious biases, microaggressions, systemic racism, diversity, equity, and inclusion.