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Recognizing and Addressing Microaggressions

Thursday, May 23, 2019 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Through the recent #MeToo movement and ongoing discussions around gender pay gap, increasing attention has been paid to gender inequality in all facets of professional life. Gender discrimination and microaggressions towards women in STEM are prevalent, but most do not recognize these situations or know how to respond to them. In this MASS AWIS workshop, lead by Audrey Grace the Director of Diversity and Inclusion in the Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion at Northeastern University and Sarah Beaulieu an expert on sexual harassment/violence prevention and training, MASS AWIS is offering two complementary approaches to increasing safety and respect in the STEM academic and industry workplace. You’ll learn how to engage in the kinds of conversation that can prevent these microaggressions from taking place, and gain specific skills to respond to gender bias and microaggressions directed towards women.

Join MASS AWIS in learning to:

  • Become aware of your own unconscious bias
  • Be observant and notice reactions
  • Interrupt microaggressions when witnessing them
  • Build skills in your team or within your organization to prevent and respond to sexual harassment and violence


5:30 – 5:50pm Registration and Refreshments

5:50 – 6:00pm MASS AWIS Introduction

6:00 – 7:00pm Joint presentation by Audrey and Sarah

7:00 – 8:00pm Interactive Workshop with Case Studies

Early Bird Registration
(ENDS May 20th)
MASS AWIS members $10 · Non-members $12
Northeastern Students & Staff FREE

Regular Registration
MASS AWIS members $15 · Non-members $20
Northeastern Students & Staff FREE


Audrey Grace

Audrey Grace (she/her/hers) is the Director of Diversity & Inclusion in the Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion. Audrey holds a JD from Northeastern University School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Spanish, with a minor in African and African American Studies, from the Fordham University at Lincoln Center Honors Program. Audrey has spent 14 years working with underserved populations, first at an international microcredit organization to more recently representing indigent persons involved with the criminal justice system. She transitioned to higher education over two years ago, starting in law student affairs where she created diversity and inclusion programming for the community. In her current position, Audrey employs best practices to promote diversity, inclusion, and equity at the University-wide level.

Sarah Beaulieu

Sarah Beaulieu is an author, speaker and trains workplaces on sexual harassment prevention and response. Sarah’s forthcoming book, Breaking the Silence Habit: A Practical Guide to Uncomfortable Conversations in the #MeToo Workplace (Berrett-Koehler) provides an overview of uncomfortable conversations and their role in effective, skills-based sexual harassment training.

In 2018, Sarah co-founded An Uncomfortable Conversation, a nonprofit YouTube channel that has now helped more than 10,000 viewers engage in meaningful conversations about sexual violence through 100+ videos.

Sarah’s work and writing have been featured in many media outlets the Boston Business Journal, the Associated Press, Providence Journal, Chronicle of Philanthropy, AskMen, Fox News Providence, WHYY, Philadelphia Metro, Huffington Post Live, and Voice America. Her speaking and workplace training encompasses diverse audiences including Business Innovation Factory Summit, TEDxBeaconStreet, Junior League, CASE8, Columbia University, Independent Television Festival, MIT, the Communications Network, and numerous others.

Previously, Sarah held leadership roles in fundraising and communications at Brown University, Boston College, Be the Change and the GreenLight Fund. She is also a trained rape crisis counselor and served for five years on the board of the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center. She has a B.A. from Brown University and an MBA from Boston College.

Thank you to our sponsor for hosting this event!

Recognizing and Addressing Microaggressions


Thursday, May 23, 2019
5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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John D. O’Bryant African American Institute (Cabral Center)
40 Leon St.
Boston, MA 02115 United States

MASS AWIS is the Massachusetts Chapter of the National Association for Women in Sciences. Our mission is to support women in all scientific fields and to achieve equity and full participation for women in science, mathematics, engineering, and technology. Our events and membership are open for the public regardless of their gender, professional background, or career level.