Epoch Academy

EDCT 5679 | EDUU 9785: Addressing and Avoiding Microaggressions: Becoming a Courageous & Compassionate Communicator

Price: $150.00

Instructor: Dr. Nancy Dome

Credits: 1 | Schedule: 4 weeks

Who Should Take This Course

Anyone who wants to get over their fear of personally or professionally "saying the wrong thing" should take this course. Microaggressions are the unintentional things we say that just rub people the wrong way. Sometimes it registers in the subtle, passive language that reinforces a stereotype, "You're from Texas?" said in disbelief to an Asian-American born and bred in Texas. Or denouncing the cultural norms of others, "That food stinks!," said to an Indian-American who just heated up leftovers in the office microwave.

What You Will Learn

These are the little things that, over time, invalidates others' experiences or indicates disapproval of someone's differences. In this course we take a nonjudgmental look at ourselves and others so we can take the first steps needed to overcome some of the micro-challenges that prevent us from truly connecting with one another.

We also use Epoch Conversation Starters and role play to help us practice common scenarios people have shared with us over the years.

What Others Are Saying About This Course

"This session was unbelievably thought – provoking. Of course, it brings up even more questions, but I think that’s a good thing. I feel like I am learning strategies but also learning what I don’t know." ~Nicole K.  "Another informative presentation! In the past I often felt like we had such a small population of minority students that a lot wasn't applicable, but today made me realize it has to do with educating our white students." ~ Unknown 

Course Work:

Module 1: Understanding Microaggressions

What You’ll Learn

  • Reflection: Understanding
  • Microaggressions
  • Read: Microaggressions Matter
  • Assignment #1: From Theory to Practice
  • Forum Discussion: The Impact of Microaggressions

Module 2: Finding the Parallels Between Microaggressions and Implicit Bias

What You’ll Learn

  • Lesson: What is Implicit Bias?
  • Video: Bias Documentary
  • Assignment #2: From Theory to Practice
  • Forum Discussion: An Internal Review

Module 3: Microaggressions in Action

What You’ll Learn

  • Video: Kids Discuss Microaggresions
  • Assignment #3: From Theory to Practice
  • Forum Discussion: Putting It Into Practice

Module 4: Role Modeling Compassionate Dialogue

What You’ll Learn

  • Lesson: Understanding the RIR Protocol
  • Video: Conversation Starters
  • Assignment #4: From Theory to Practice
  • Forum Discussion: Implementing the Protocol

NOTE: This course section is specifically for individuals seeking graduate units through Seattle Pacific University (SPU) or Brandman University (BU). There are graded assignments due in order to receive credit. Students seeking units must register directly with SPU or BU and pay required fees which are separate from the fee to take this course.

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