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6th annual Administrative Professionals (Virtual) Conference—“Asking Difficult Questions: Confronting Microaggressions and Bias”

The sixth annual Administrative Professionals Network (Virtual) Conference will be held Wednesday, April 21. Heather Burton, senior director for faculty and institutional diversity, will present “Asking Difficult Questions: Confronting Microaggressions and Bias.”

The session will provide an opportunity for participants to engage in creating inclusive and welcoming environments grounded in individual responsibility. Dialogue will assist participants in recognizing everyday verbal and nonverbal insults that target a person or group of people based on their membership in a marginalized community. Taking personal accountability, participants will address personal bias and learn to create greater inclusion within their particular role or position of influence to interrupt the use of microaggressions.

Learning objectives for this session will be:

  • Impact change and provide holistic service to marginalized communities by recognizing personal use of microaggressions and bias.
  • Define the concepts of microaggressions and implicit bias and learn practical application to counter individual bias and avoid using everyday microaggressions.
  • Demonstrate the difference between microaggression intent and impact and the effect on individual behavior and a systemic inclusive environment.

There will be two sessions, each with a cap of 50 attendees (the content will be the same for both sessions).

The morning session will be from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and the afternoon session will be from 1:30 to 5 p.m.

Registration is required on the Administrative Professionals Network website.