People from diverse social identity groups frequently experience microaggressions — verbal and non-verbal messages that are invalidating or demeaning. These could be experienced in addition to workplace stress. Situations like these can take their toll on a person’s emotional, psychological, and physical health, as well as decrease workplace engagement. Navigating microaggressions and workplace stress means being able to identify and name the experience, having the words and skills to call attention to these, and having strategies to achieve wellness for those experiencing them.
In this webinar, Dr. Cooke of the University of Urbana-Champaign will introduce the theme and concepts of microaggressions and workplace stress and will moderate the event. Two librarians and a counselor educator will share strategies for personal responses by individuals, allies and upstanders, and discuss ways to change workplace culture. ALA President Loida Garcia-Febo will provide opening remarks.