Racial Microaggressions Awareness Program in the Workplace

The primary objective of Addressing Racial Microaggressions, LLC (“ARM”) workshop, “Racial Microaggressions Awareness Program in the Workplace,” is to help profit and non-profit organizations address the most critical issues related to racial microaggressions in their interactions with each other. To accomplish this goal the workshop provides the following eight outcomes: 1) an increased knowledge and awareness of racial microaggressions; 2) an enhanced knowledge and appreciation of people’s differences and their importance to an individual’s identity; 3) an understanding of the severe psychological and physical consequences of racial microaggressions; 4) raised sensitivity levels to recognize racial microaggressions when they occur; 5) ability to serve as an effective ally and advocate for colleagues and students who are the targets of racial microaggressions; 6) ability to select the appropriate strategies for the aggressor and target to respond to racial microaggressions; 7) a process to formally document all incidents as the aggressor or target for accountability and 8) assumption of the role of change agent to eliminate racial microaggressions on their academic environment.

Research suggests many types of racial microaggressions occur in workplace settings, such as the lack of representation of one’s own group, invisibility, invalidation of one’s individual experience, and exclusion from social events. Collectively, these types of racial microaggressions can lead to high rates of depression, isolation, and absenteeism in the workplace.  These outcomes can detrimentally impact salary increases and promotion. Moreover, racial microaggressions can lead to turnover and dismissal.