Course Description & Learning Objectives

Course Description: 

Microaggressions are the everyday verbal, nonverbal, and environmental slights, snubs, or insults, whether intentional or unintentional, that communicate hostile, derogatory, or negative messages to target persons based solely upon their marginalized group membership (from Diversity in the Classroom, UCLA Diversity & Faculty Development, 2014). The first step in addressing microaggressions is to recognize when a microaggression has occurred and what message it may be sending. The context of the relationship and situation is critical.

Learning Objectives: 

  1. Assist in the empowerment of participants to understand and recognize when microaggressions occur, and to assume responsibility for microaggression towards people and communities of color
  2. Developing tools to take action to engage their communities/organizations to eliminate microaggressions.
  3. Empower all to partake in actions large and small to challenge the institutional or structural policies that lead to microaggressions in their communities.

Certificates will be awarded after completion of the full Webinar and course evaluation.

Radiant Sunshine, #1403, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. Radiant Sunshine maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 2/28/20 to 2/28/2023  Social workers completing this course receive 1-clinical continuing education credits.

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Refund Policy:   No refund will be given for the purchase of any course or webinar. 

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Course Outline

  • 1

    Welcome to the course!

    • How to use this course

  • 2

    Section One: Understanding Microaggressions

    • Understanding Microaggressions Intro

    • Understanding Microaggressions (The School Yard)

    • Understanding Microaggressions: Themes

    • Understanding Microaggressions: Difference & Clarity

    • Understanding Microaggressions: Responding

    • Understanding Microaggressions: Tools to Support Growth

  • 3

    Section Three: Before you go

    • Understanding Microaggressions Quiz

    • Understanding Microaggressions-Evaluation

    • More resources for you



Cindy Lee Alves, M.Ed., ABD

Cindy Lee Alves (they/she/cindy lee) is an award-winning sexologist with over a decade of experience in facilitating challenging conversations with both adults and young people. Centering Black, Indigenous, and folx of color across intersecting system-impacted identities, they have educated thousands of people on sex(uality) ed(ucation) and wellness with interests in pleasure, justice, and liberation. As Founder and Head Educator of Ascension Institute, Cindy Lee offers workshops, consulting, and private coaching around pleasure, sexual shame, and sexological professional development. She is also the host of Sex on Shuffle - a podcast discussing sex(uality) using teachable moments in music and popular culture. Cindy Lee earned their Master in Education from Widener University’s Center for Sexuality Studies and Bachelor of Arts in both Psychology and Women's Studies from Stony Brook University. Additionally, they are recognized for their contributions as a founding member of the Women of Color Sexual Health Network's Leadership Collective.

Lead Life Coach

Sherry Wherry