Why Words Matter: Addressing Microaggressions to Create a Welcoming Environment (1.5 Hours)

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About the training

Have you ever felt labeled or snubbed by words or actions from others? Words can and do have profound effects on all of us. Microaggressions are subtle, verbal and nonverbal slights, and insults based on gender, ethnic, and other stereotypes. Microaggressive behaviors can impact any population marginalized because of race, gender, ethnicity, disability status, social or economic class, age, sexual orientation, or religion. People who are the target of microaggressive behaviors typically experience internal dilemmas because they may not be sure of the intent behind the comment. 

This on-demand training is part of the ongoing series of activities on Disability, Diversity, and Intersectionality. To learn more about the Disability, Diversity, and Intersectionality in CILs project, check out ILRU’s website at www.CIL-diversity.org.  

Target Audience

All staff and board members of CILs and SILCs.

Learning Objectives

What You Will Learn

  • Micro-aggressive behavior is a form of aversive racism, ableism, and other “isms."
  • The real-life effects of microaggressions on those who are the target.
  • The classification of microaggressions as microinsults, microinvalidations, and microassaults.

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