This workshop is a culmination of work done by 10 students in Social Work Methods II, who spent the semester working to identify gaps in knowledge and how to address these when understanding and working to educate others about microaggressions. The purpose of the workshop is to help individuals to better be able to define what a microaggression is and allow participants to practice responding to microaggressions. Using and interactive approach this workshop will help people to recognize that dismissive attitudes are harmful. The idea behind this workshop is to help participants engage in self-reflection; to identify times when they may have been microaggressive or the recipient of microaggressiveness.
GOAL/OUTCOME #1 To create awareness surrounding the common occurrences of microaggressions.
GOAL/OUTCOME #2 To help individuals avoid making assumptions and labeling individuals who may make a microaggression
GOAL/OUTCOME #3 To explore the outcomes associated with the experience of microaggressions.
GOAL/OUTCOME #4 To learn ways to respond when someone has been microaggressive
Student Voices for Diversity is a group of mostly social work students from The College at Brockport who are actively engaged in activities to help create a more socially justice college community. Current members include: Gloria Schou, Angela Osso-Carbonaro, Kalleem Mogent, Nickeisha Hinds, Jessy Dano, Anne Vasilyeya, Patrick Hall, Shakeel Armstrong, Lynne Pierce & Sofia Lozada.
Kristin Heffernan, PhD, Professor, Department of Social Work, The College at Brockport Kristin Heffernan is a full professor at The College at Brockport, holding an MSW degree from Fordham University, and a doctoral degree from Boston College. Dr. Heffernan’s research interests include social justice, human trafficking, women’s issues, social work education and leadership. Dr. Heffernan teaches Social Work Methods I & II, Human Behavior in the Social Environment I, Social & Economic Justice, Research Methods and Trauma theory, therapy and informed care. Her community-based practice has included clinical and administrative work with at risk youth and families in both New York and Boston.