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Microaggressions: They Aren’t Being Too Sensitive

May 4, 2023 | 12:00 pm2:00 pm

EDI Webinar: Microaggressions

As part of its Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) program, CANSSI regularly organizes EDI workshops and training sessions for the statistical sciences community, often in partnership with Academic Impressions (opens in a new tab).

We invite you to join us for this two-hour online workshop led by Sandra Miles of Academic Impressions.


(Available until June 4, 2023; use this passcode: #1$3uLH%)




Microaggressions refer to any language or behaviour that causes unintended offense to a member of a marginalized group. During this session a list of more than 20 categories that can make a person a member of a marginalized or privileged group will be presented for the purpose of clarifying the various ways we all can work to be more intentional in our interactions. The nature of a microaggression is that it is causing offense without intending to, so the focus will not be on bullying, but on understanding the difference between intent vs impact.


  • Identify and define microaggressions
  • Develop skills to effectively name, respond to, and prevent microaggressions in personal and professional settings
  • Understanding the role of privilege and implicit bias in recognizing and interrupting microaggressions
  • Opportunities to practice deconstructing microaggressions

Workshop Leader

Sandra MilesSandra Miles, PhD
Head of Practice for Diversity/Equity/Inclusion, Academic Impressions

Sandra has spent most of the last two decades serving as a leader and administrator in higher education. Specifically, she has had extensive experience in managing crisis, strategic planning, developing leadership programs, working with persons with disabilities, mediating disputes, and serving as a Dean of Students, Chief Student Affairs Officer, Chief Diversity Officer, and Deputy Title IX Coordinator. In 2022, Sandra joined Academic Impressions full-time as the Head of Practice for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, due to her experience with the organization as a subject-matter expert who facilitated trainings and workshops in higher-ed, as well as to her passion for making DEI concepts resonate for individuals from all walks of life.

Sandra completed her doctoral work at Florida State University in 2012, earning a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration. She also completed her bachelor’s and master’s degrees at the University of Central Florida. In addition to her career and educational achievements, Sandra is on the editorial board for EVOLVE Magazine – First Coast Edition; is a former Chair of the NASPA Center for Women Board; is a former National Director of the Black Female Development Circle, Inc.; and is the current President of the Palm Coast-Flagler County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.


May 4, 2023
12:00 pm–2:00 pm
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