Stepping Up: Practicing interventions after racial microaggressions

Thursday, October 1
7-8:30pm, via Zoom video conferencing
co-led by Sarah Pirtle and Aravinda Ananda
$5-20 sliding scale; no one turned away for lack of funds

Join us for an Interhelp practice session on racial microaggression interventions. Microaggressions are “brief, everyday exchanges that send denigrating messages to certain individuals because of their group membership.”

“Micro” refers to the level at which the exchange happens – interpersonally – as contrasted with a “macro” or structural level. The impact on the person experiencing the microaggression isn’t micro, however; microaggressions can hurt and harm! Sadly, they play out all too often and are seldom interrupted in today’s society.

People often cause harm unintentionally and frequently don’t notice what they’ve done. Therefore, learning to recognize a microaggression is the first part of the work. Learning to speak up and acknowledge what just happened is another part. By learning and practicing together, we can shift our behavior, and reduce – hopefully eliminate – the possibility of causing harm in the same way in the future.

While there are many different kinds of microaggressions, this session will focus primarily on racial microaggressions.

You will receive some pre-work in advance – likely both some reading and short videos. During the practice session, you will have an opportunity to discuss the pre-work and then do some role-plays, exploring ways to intervene. We’ll work on acknowledging impact, shifting behavior and mending.

***NOTE: Registration is closed.

Questions? Contact Aravinda.