Date: November 23, 2020 1:00-4:30 PM
Facilitated by charles c. smith
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Microaggressions. What are these? Why do they occur? What can be done about them? These are the questions that will be explored during this session. As workplaces continue to change with increasing representation from Indigenous, Black and People of Colour, women, LGBQT2+ peoples as well as deaf, disabled and individuals with mental health challenges, the language of everyday communication is important and, most recently, has been called to attention due to insensitive and inappropriate language based on social biases and unexamined stereotypes. Often unwittingly used, these unfortunate terms contribute to the everyday experiences of racism, sexism, homophobia and ableism that permeate our society and, if left unchecked, can damage workplace and personal relationships. This session will examine what microaggressions are, the damage they can cause and the importance of both spotting and addressing them.