Coming soon! 2019 CESSE Webinar Schedule

Identifying and Responding to Microaggressions at Work

Tuesday, December 11th
2 pm et
FREE to CESSE members

Microaggressions are brief, everyday exchanges that send denigrating messages, whether intentional or unintentional, to certain individuals because of their group membership. Many microaggressions are so subtle that neither the target nor perpetrator may entirely understand what is happening. Research studies have found that the process of encountering microaggressions can be psychologically and physically draining, often leading to higher levels of stress, lower job satisfaction, hostile and invalidating work environment, and poor mental health outcomes. This session will help participants learn how to identify microaggressions, understand their impact, and respond appropriately when they occur.

After attending this webinar, you will be able to:
1) Identify microaggressions

2) Understand the harmful impact of microaggressions
3) Discuss strategies for responding to microaggressions at work and in everyday situation


Dr. Joseph Williams, 
Associate Professor, University of Virginia


Joseph Williams is an Associate Professor in the Counselor Education Program at the University of Virginia. Dr. Williams' professional interest include: multicultural and social justice training practices for (K-12) counselors, educators, law-enforcement officers, and other professionals and he has published numerous journal articles and book chapters in those areas. 

Dr. Williams has also provided diversity-inclusion training, coaching, and consultation to organizations such as Dell and Microsoft, Kellogg’s, the Jack Kent Cook Foundation, and the Ron Brown Scholars Program to name a few. Specifically, Dr. Williams has lead diversity and inclusion trainings on various topics including culturally responsive practices, racial micro-aggressions, implicit bias and stereotypes, and multiculturalism and privilege.  Prior to becoming a counselor educator, Joseph earned his Ph.D. in Counselor Education with a cognate in Social Work from the University of Iowa and his M.S. in mental health counseling from Minnesota State University.

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