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Featured Panelists Spotlight: Recognizing and Addressing Microaggressions

July 6 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm PDT

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Recognizing and Addressing Microaggressions Ticket

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What is the Featured Panelists Spotlight?

Our Featured Panelists Spotlight will be held every first Wednesday of each month. During the Featured Panelists Spotlight, we invite guest panelists to share their experiences, insights, tips and strategies that they have found to be effective in their professional or personal lives when tackling the featured topic for the month.

July Featured Topic – Recognizing and Addressing Microaggressions

The term “microaggression”, first coined by Harvard University psychiatrist Chester M. Pierce in 1970, is used for commonplace daily verbal, behavioral or environmental slights, whether intentional or unintentional, that communicate hostile, derogatory, or negative attitudes toward stigmatized or culturally marginalized groups.

In some cases, people who commit microagressions might not even be aware of them or intend to cause any harm, yet their actions or behavior can be hurtful to the other person experiencing them and may adversely impact that person’s ability to do their jobsense of safety, and happiness. 

According to Medical News Today, some common examples of mircroagressions are:

  • treating someone as a second-class citizen because of their gender, race, or sexual orientation
  • complimenting a person born and raised in the United States on their English simply because they are not white
  • telling a thin person that they should eat more food
  • making assumptions about someone based on their religion, age, or class
  • deliberately not using a transgender person’s preferred pronouns

Our panelists will discuss how microagressions can occur in the workplace, specifically microassults, microinsults and microinvalidations done in a verbal, behavioral and environmental manner, and if we have been unintentionally engaging in such microagressions, learn how to commit to changing our microaggressive behaviors. If you are experiencing microagressions at work, our panelists will share their strategies, approaches, and interventions to address such microagressions.


Devi Sandu, HR Operations Manager – People and Development at Snohomish County. Devi is a strategic HR professional with a proven track record in building and leading high-performance HR teams to provide results-oriented HR solutions. She has extensive experience across various industries activating Diversity, Equity and Inclusion within HR delivery. She is highly skilled at partnering with executive, senior and mid-management leaders to develop and improve HR programs that align with organizational goals and objectives.

TBD –  Stay tuned as we invite additional amazing panelists to share their views and insights on this topic

Location/ Date & Time

Online via Zoom only:

*****Zoom link will be provided in the RSVP confirmation email*******

Date:  Wednesday, July 6, 2022

Time: 12pm – 1:00pmPT/1pm-2pmMT/2pm-3pmCT/3pm-4pmET

Who Can Attend & Fee

Public Event – Open to all members and non-members of The Koa Club





July 6
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm PDT
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