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Promoting Active Bystanders to Address Workplace Microaggressions Webinar

Promoting Active Bystanders to Address Workplace Microaggressions: An institutional transformation approach for organizational leaders

When: December 16, 2020 from 11 a.m. – Noon
Where: Virtual session

Register for Promoting Active Bystanders - Microaggressions

Learn how to enhance workplace culture and effectiveness during this free, 1-hour webinar.

Microaggressions in the workplace are harmful – they increase discomfort and reduce overall effectiveness and satisfaction. Organizations that proactively educate and empower employees to tactfully respond to microaggressions can greatly improve their workplace environments while promoting more equitable institutional norms and behaviors.

Get a Grip on an Elusive Workplace Issue

Funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) ADVANCE grant, UMass Lowell’s Center for Women & Work has developed a distinctive framework, Get A (Collective) GRIP® on microaggressions, that emphasizes the value of bystander action to promote more positive and inclusive organizational cultures. Register now for a free, 1-hour seminar that provides an overview of this innovative approach which provides a road map for organizations invested in developing a sense of collective responsibility for addressing harmful microaggressions in the workplace.

Understand How to Ground Bystander Approaches in Organizational Change Efforts

The most promising approaches to tackling microaggressions are those that are fully integrated into the fabric of organizational life. Indeed, research suggests that “one-off” trainings are often ineffective. Equipping respected colleagues to serve as peer trainers and role models expands the collective capacity of organizations to address microaggressions and has an empowering and preventive impact. Towards that end, this one-hour webinar will introduce participants to our Get A Collective GRIP framework by discussing strategies for embedding increasingly popular bystander trainings into broader organizational change efforts. We will outline a model of change that focuses on developing peer leaders who can tailor trainings to their organization’s distinctive needs and resources, coach other employees, and reinforce organizational norms for respect and civility.

To learn more about instituting such an approach in your organization, more intensive workshops will be offered in Spring 2021. During these workshops, participants will learn how to become “Equity Champions” within their own organizations. Through interactive discussions and small group activities, participants will experience how the Get A Collective GRIP framework can be used to develop a cadre of skilled leaders capable of training and supporting peers to tactfully interrupt microaggressions in the workplace. Workshop participants will develop personal skills for interrupting microaggressions as well as the skills to train their co-workers to become active bystanders when they encounter disrespectful workplace behavior.

Webinar Learning Outcomes

By the end of the webinar, you will:

  • Understand the concept and importance of active bystander intervention
  • Recognize personal and systemic barriers to bystander action.
  • Gain an overview of CWW’s “Get A Collective GRIP” strategic framework for bystander intervention.
  • Understand the importance of embedding this effort within your organization

Ideal Webinar Participants

The workshop is designed for individuals in leadership roles who have the ability to assess their organization’s needs, and advocate for strategies to address subtle biases and microaggressions in the workplace. Participants may also include those with a demonstrated ability to lead co-worker trainings.

Webinar Facilitators

Meg A. Bond, Ph.D., is a Distinguished University Professor, Director of the Center for Women & Work, and Professor of Psychology at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. Bond specializing in the dynamics of workforce diversity and sexual harassment. She served on the U.S. EEOC’s Special Task Force on the Prevention of Harassment in the Workplace that released a comprehensive report in June 2016. She is also the Director of UMass Lowell’s NSF-funded $3.5 million ADVANCE Institutional Transformation Initiative, called Making WAVES (Women Academics Valued and Engaged in STEM). She has received career awards for mentoring ethnically and racially diverse professionals and for contributions to understanding diversity in community research and action. She has served in national leadership roles with the Society for Community Research and Action, the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues, and the American Psychological Association. She holds a Ph.D. in clinical-community psychology from the University of Oregon and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Stanford University.

Michelle C. Haynes-Baratz, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Massachusetts Lowell and a Faculty Associate at the Center for Women and Work. For almost two decades, her research has focused workplace diversity issues, with a particular interest in the obstacles women and people of color experience in the work domain and strategies for overcoming them. She is a Co-PI and the Social Science Research Director for the NSF ADVANCE Institutional Transformation Project at UMass Lowell, Making WAVES - a $3.5 million grant whose goal is to disrupt interpersonal and institutional microaggressions that undermine the productivity and well-being of women STEM Faculty (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). She regularly publishes her work in top academic journals and her research has been cited in popular press outlets including The Atlantic, The Huffington post, Harvard Business Review, The LA Times, NPR and Cosmopolitan. She holds a Ph.D. in Social Psychology from NYU.

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