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Workshop: Implicit Bias and Microaggressions in the College Classroom

Event Details

April 2, 2019 2:30 pm-4:00 pm
April 9, 2019 2:30 pm-4:00 pm

Campus Center

Room: 805-09

UMass Amherst Campus

Handicap access available
Free admission
Kirsten Helmer

Workshop Overview

Whether conscious of it or not, instructors and students bring most of who they are to the learning environment, including their biases and stereotypes. Biases can emerge in the form of (micro)aggressions during class discussions, in student-student interactions during group or lab work, or in interactions between students and instructors. If left unaddressed, biases and microaggressions negatively impact the learning climate and can hurt students’ engagement, their sense of belonging and academic success.

This is a two-part workshop. The first session will help participants understand the concepts of implicit bias, microaggressions, and stereotype threat, how these can manifest, and how they impact learning environments. In the second session, participants will be introduced to ways of challenging unconscious biases. They will also explore and share out strategies to effectively respond to microaggressions.

Participants are encouraged to attend both sessions. If you feel that you already have a good understanding of the discussed concepts, you can also just join the second session. 

Workshop Goals

  • Explain the concepts of implicit bias, microaggressions, and stereotype threat
  • Identify examples of microaggressions
  • Explore and share strategies that challenge implicit biases and allow us to respond more effectively to microaggressions.

Who should attend? All faculty and graduate student TAs/TOs

This event is part of the Diversity Teaching Workshop Series offered by The Institute for Teaching Excellence & Faculty Development (TEFD).

More information about Diversity Teaching Workshops offered by TEFD

Presenter Bio

Kirsten Helmer, Ed.D., is Director of Programming for Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity and Lecturer with the Institute for Teaching Excellence & Faculty Development (TEFD).  Kirsten designs and offers a range of workshops on teaching inclusively and equitably. She is available for one-on-one consultations and also works with departments. Kirsten has taught courses on multicultural education, anti-racism, intergroup dialogue, queering the curriculum, exploring gender and sexuality diversity, multicultural children’s literature, and German language. 


The Campus Center is located in the middle of campus at 1 Campus Center Way. Parking is available in the Campus Center Garage.

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