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Understanding Microaggressions in the Age of Black@

Date: Monday - October 18, 2021
Time: 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM
Location: Virtual Workshop (Note Change In Time)
Two-Day Virtual Workshop (Oct 18 & 19) - 3:30-5:500pm

Understanding Microaggressions in the Age of Black@

Virtual, Two-Day Workshop 

October 18, 2021 ~ 3:30-5:00PM PDT


October 19, 2021 ~ 3:30-5:00PM PDT

 Please Note Change in Times






Who Should Attend

This reflective workshop is intended for educators, administrators and school leaders


Workshop Description

The Black@... social media trend has cut across public and private, urban and rural, large and small schools around the country. In the aftermath of the death of George Floyd, Black youth across the country took to social media platforms to share their experiences with microaggressions and other forms of bias at their schools. The influence of BLM on this trend was unmistakable, using social media to raise awareness about bias and anti-blackness and making sure that the voices of those impacted are heard. Current students and alumni are sharing stories.

As school leaders scramble to respond to this phenomenon, some common strategies have emerged: task force, BIPOC affinity groups, BIPOC alumni groups, plans for increased BIPOC representation at the faculty/administrative/trustee levels.

This workshop focuses on the “on the ground” strategies faculty and administrators can use to support Black students as they return to their school environments. We will spend time building an understanding of implicit bias and take time to examine the influence of the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement on the experiences of Black youth. Participants will gain specific strategies that can be implemented at the personal, classroom and student life levels. Implications of school-wide approaches to supporting Black students will also be discussed. This workshop will be a combination of didactic presentation and small group discussions/practice.


Attendees will gain a better understanding and appreciation of:

  • The positive influence of BLM on Black youth

  • The Black student experience through the lens of Racial Identity Development

  • What is “Anti-Blackness” and how is this form of bias reinforced in schools?

  • Microaggressions and macroaggressions as themes of student experiences

  • In-the-moment strategies to intervene and support students (and adults) who experience microaggressions

  • Strategies to support recovery, healing and healthy adjustment for students impacted by racial stress and trauma

  • Next step strategies for understanding and interrupting your own unconscious or implicit biases



Facilitator: Dr. Keith Hinderlie



Keith Hinderlie, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist and educator with over 20 years of experience working with adults, youth and families in a variety of settings. His professional background includes a unique combination of knowledge about psychology, personal development, education, leadership, and cultural diversity.

Dr. Hinderlie has presented workshops across the country on diversity, inclusion, multicultural competence, and the social/emotional experiences of children. He has extensive experience working with African American and Multiracial youth.

Dr. Hinderlie served as Director of Programs for the SEED Foundation and helped develop a public boarding school model that is at the core of SEED Schools of Maryland, Miami and Washington, DC.

Most recently, Dr. Hinderlie was the inaugural Director of Equity and Inclusion at Choate Rosemary Hall. In this role, Dr. Hinderlie implemented a best practice program model that has established Choate as a leader in inclusive programming.








NWAIS Attendees

Early Bird (For registrations completed by October 1, 2021) : $175

Regular (For registrations completed after October 1, 2021) : $195


Non-NWAIS Attendees: $225


To receive the early bird discount registrations must be completed through the online registration system by the appropriate deadline. NWAIS schools are now able to qualify for the early bird rate if their registration is complete by the deadline and they have noted that payment will follow by check. For non-member schools and those paying by credit card, online registrations must be completed by 11:59pm on the deadline date.


Cancellation Policy

Substitutions may be made any time prior to the conference. Written cancellations received by October 12, 2021 are eligible for a refund after a $25 cancellation fee. Cancellations received after October 12, 2021 are ineligible for any refund.

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