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College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences


Workshop: Responding to Microaggressions: Bystander Intervention Strategies that Work for Everyone

Feb 13, 2024, 11:00am - 1:00pm
Tuesday, February 13, 2024
Leo Taylor

All too often we witness subtle comments or behaviors rooted in bias that cause harm to others, sometimes unintentionally and frequently directed toward people from marginalized social identity groups. Have you ever witnessed a bias incident such as a microaggression and wanted to intervene, but didn't know what to say or do? Becoming an active bystander involves recognizing a bias incident and saying or doing something to stop the harm. Anyone can become an active bystander and learn to address bias in everyday interactions. In this 2-hour workshop, we will explore some of the most commonly encountered microaggressions and identify tools participants can use in daily life. Participants will practice what they have learned using real-life scenarios. 

Learning Outcomes:

After participating in this program participants will be able to:

  • Describe why and how an active bystander can respond to any microaggression
  • Articulate the various factors that must be taken into consideration when deciding to take action
  • Identify strategies that best align with their strengths and personality
  • Practice utilizing strategies using real examples from everyday life