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Understanding Microaggressions: Implications for Using a Science of Behavior to Promote and Support Safe and Inclusive Environments- An interactive 4-hour workshop in two parts



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Dr. Denise Rios

Friday, 11/19/2021 & 12/03/2021 | Time: 10:00 am-1:00 pm eastern (New York)

Recording closes 12/13/21 at 11:59 pm eastern (New York) | You must register prior to the LIVE event to have access to the Recording.

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Microaggressions are defined as daily verbal and non-verbal assaults directed toward people from historically marginalized and stigmatized groups. When compared with overt acts of racism, microaggressions can cause just as much, if not more, psychological damage. Individuals from historically marginalized groups experience microaggressions in the workplace at an alarming rate, with Black/African American women experiencing the most out of any group. Over the last 10 years, social psychologists have done a lot of work to research the effects of microaggressions and have evaluated ways to address them in many different contexts. Often diversity and inclusion trainings use this body of literature to educate and bring awareness to the concept in order to help address the issue in work spaces. However, research on these types of trainings show mixed results in terms of their effectiveness. One reason we may see mixed results is because of the subjectivity inherent in the definition. Subjective definitions leave room for interpretation which can be problematic when trying to teach the concept of microaggressions. In this two part interactive workshop, Dr. Rios will review the literature on microaggressions and outline examples on how we can use the research in concept teaching and learning to help objectively define microaggressions which serves as the foundation for employers and others to develop an in-house curriculum that effectively teaches the concept of microaggressions. Additionally, Dr. Rios will outline a model that organizations can adopt to bring awareness, train their staff, and help reduce microaggressions in the workplace.

Target Audience: Professionals for whom the topic is within their scope of practice. We welcome students and others who are also interested in the topic to join us.


After attending this workshop, participants will be able to:

Part 1

  • Identify the current trends in Microaggression literature
  • Identify current criticisms of microaggressions Identify the effects of microaggressions on people who experience it
  • Identify how microaggressions relate to practicing cultural humility/cultural competence

Part 2:

  • Identify current practices in diversity, equity, and inclusion training
  • Select the components of conceptual control
  • Identify the critical features of microaggressions
  • Identify appropriate examples and non-examples of microaggressions to create a training


Denice Rios, Ph.D., BCBA-D is an Assistant Professor at Georgia Southern University (GSU) Armstrong Campus. She currently teaches coursework under the Verified Course Sequence at GSU for their BCaBA course sequence. Dr. Rios earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from California State University, Northridge under the advisement of Dr. Ellie Kazemi and her doctoral degree in Behavior Analysis from Western Michigan University under the advisement of Dr. Stephanie Peterson. Dr. Rios’ research interests include evaluating effective strategies for the delivery of behavior analytic interventions via telehealth, examining effective staff training strategies (e.g., feedback), and the assessment and treatment of severe problem behavior.


Neither Dr. Rios nor or any family member receive royalties or payments from any of the products mentioned in this presentation


    • Behavior Analysts earn 6 CEUs (learning)


Additional Information

  • You must attend the entire event to receive credit.
  • Must submit all attendance codes and pass the post-test (see Expected Learning Outcomes).
  • Webinar/Workshop Portal closes 1 month after live event. You must download handouts and complete attendance verification and post-test within that time frame.
  • For ABAC's continuing education approvals statements please view our Continuing Education page.


After attending this event, attendees will select the correct answer on 80% of the questions within 3 attempts on two quizzes. Quizzes will be given following the end of Part 1& Part 2  and will assess the 4 learning objectives of that 3-hour session.


10:00 am: Introduction
10:05 am: Webinar begins
11:30 am: 10 minute break
11:40 am: First Q&A session
11:50 am: Webinar resumes
12:45 pm: Second Q&A session
1:00 pm: Evaluation, post-test and code submission forms