Disarming Microaggressions

You’re so articulate.
Where are you really from?
You’re Asian, you must be good in math.

These kinds of comments or questions can sound harmless or even like compliments, but they actually carry a hidden message that hurts.

This award-winning course was produced in partnership with Dr. Derald Wing Sue, Teachers College, Columbia University, one of the leading researchers on the topic of microaggressions. Dr. Sue has written dozens of books and he generously gave us access to all of his work to create Disarming Microaggressions.

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“The gold standard of anti-bias training…”

Photo of Dr. Derald Wing Sue.

Dr. Derald Wing Sue is one of the leading experts in the study of microaggressions . He has written dozens of books and papers. Joel Lesko worked with Dr. Sue for more than a year to create the Disarming Microaggressions course.

“Joel Lesko and SunShower Learning have produced the gold standard of anti-bias training that will have a lasting and beneficial impact in business, industry and education. If equity, diversity and inclusion are important goals for your organization, community and the nation, then this interactive training video will teach employers and employees concrete skills to confront and disarm microaggressions (bias and bigotry).

The training teaches targets, allies and bystanders specific actions that involve making the ‘invisible’ visible, disarming microaggressions, and educating offenders. It is filled with real-life examples of harmful microaggressions, along with tested intervention actions that can be taken to create norms that reinforce an inclusive, respectful, and welcoming environment.” 

Derald Wing Sue, Ph.D.
   Teachers College, Columbia University

    Author, Microaggressions in Everyday Life,
    Microintervention Strategies

“Impactful Microaggressions eLearning course”

“I have been so impressed with the high quality work of SunShower Learning, particularly with the Microaggressions eLearning self-paced course. It is the most thorough and well produced course, and we plan on recommending it to our clients to supplement the workshops we facilitate.” 

Hideko Akashi
Founder and Lead Consultant


“The Disarming Microaggressions training was great! I appreciated that the content was accessible, well-paced, and interactive. My staff loved it and it helped develop a shared language”.

Marc Silva
Training Manager

Drawing of a man, a bystander, and his inner thoughts are in thought bubbles around his head as he thinks about whether to speak up or not.

This is an activity in the eLearning course that shows the inner thoughts a bystander might have when considering whether to speak up or not. Disarming Microaggressions uses many scenarios, videos, activities and quizzes to give the learner the opportunity to engage, think, feel and practice.

Disarming Microaggressions has won awards

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The Disarming Microaggressions eLearning course was recognized with three Telly Awards – excellence in Social Impact, Diversity & Inclusion, and Corporate Training.

Spanish (LATAM) & Canadian French versions

All text and activities are fully translated. Videos are captioned.

The Spanish language version of Disarming Microaggressions has all text translated and the videos are captioned. Desarmar las microagresiones con Dr. Derald Wing Sue

Cover image for the Spanish version of Defeating Unconscious Bias. Cómo vencer los prejuicios subconscientes: 5 Estrategias

The Canadian French version of Disarming Microaggressions ggressions has all text translated and the videos are captioned. Désarmorcer les micro-agressions avec Dr. Derald Wing Sue

Cover image for the Spanish version of Defeating Unconscious Bias. Cómo vencer los prejuicios subconscientes: 5 Estrategias

And there’s a companion micro-learning course, too!

Image of award trophy with text, SunShower Learning's new e-Learning course wins Communicator Award.

The 21-Day Plan for Disarming Microaggressions 

Give your employees the chance to engage and learn over the course of twenty-one days, or whenever they like in just a few minutes each time. The 21-Day Plan is a micro-learning course that includes 21 modules of 3 to 5 minutes each to help people develop new habits. Over the course of a few days or weeks, your learners can gain a deep understanding of why microaggressions are so harmful to individuals and damaging for the workplace culture about this award-winning micro-learning course here 

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What are microaggressions?

As Dr. Sue defines them, microaggressions are the everyday slights, insults, putdowns, invalidations, and offensive behaviors that people of marginalized groups experience in their daily interactions with generally well-intentioned people who are unaware of their impact. Disarming Microaggressions shows learners how comments or questions that might sound harmless or even like compliments, actually carry a hidden message that hurts. This course includes activities to identify the hidden messages and then practice how to speak up and interrupt a microaggression when it happens or afterwards.

Accessibility and language versions - Spanish (LATAM) + Canadian French

Disarming Microaggressions eLearning has been produced according to the highest standards of accessibility. Includes Audio Descriptions, captions, alt text descriptions, color contrast, tab order and many more features for digital accessibility. Our goal is to provide options and allow learners to interact with the course the way they prefer. 

SunShower has also produced two language versions that are also truly accessible. The Spanish (Latin America) version, “Desarmar las microagresiones”, and the Canadian French version, “Désarmorcer les micro-agressions”. These are not just captioned, they are fully translated, videos are dubbed, host is voice-over, and even some cultural adjustments.

When you license the English version, we can provide a language version for a small upgrade price.

Are your online courses accessible?
Accessibility is not just about captions. We are committed to the highest values of accessibility. To achieve that, our roadmap includes not only the basics – transcripts, captions, alt text, and many more features – but also the Extended Audio Description (AD) and other critical corrections. Inclusion is built into every aspect of our work. Each course is at a different stage of development.
In what formats is your training offered?
We offer our training programs in three formats:
• Self-Paced Online Learning – asynchronous e-Learning course
• Trainer’s Toolbox – provides access to our videos, Leader’s Guide, PowerPoint files and handouts
• Interactive Live Webinars – SunShower experts deliver training in customized workshops on Zoom
What is Self-Paced Online Learning?
The streaming video course includes the video and offers a bit more information and experience for learners. It’s still short – just 15 minutes! The course has a 10-question quiz at the end and offers a downloadable completion certificate.

With a 1-year license, you can add this SCORM 1.2 course to your Learning Management System and offer it to your employees inside your own training ecosystem. You can train a handful of people or thousands. Select the level of usage you anticipate and purchase here, or book 20 minutes with Joel Lesko, SunShower’s Producer/President, to craft a custom license.

What is the Trainer’s Toolbox and how does it work?
The Trainer’s Toolbox is designed to replace DVDs and USBs. No more, “Who’s got the USB?” or “Uh-oh, we lost it”. All the materials that used to reside on a DVD or USB are now easily accessible from the SunShower Learning website, ready for you whenever you conduct a training. The Trainer’s Toolbox can be used for in-person or virtual training sessions, regardless of your computer’s operating system. You can play the videos full-screen and and present on Teams, Zoom and other virtual platforms.

Your subscription includes full access to the videos as well as a downloadable Leader’s Guide, PowerPoint files and PDF handouts. And, pricing is flexible, based on team size: small (1-5 facilitators), medium (6-14 facilitators) or large (15-29 facilitators). Upon subscribing, you’ll receive an email from our website with the link and login credentials.

How is the Self-Paced Online Learning course different from the Trainer’s Toolbox?
The online course is designed for individual, self-paced use by logging into your own learning management system (LMS) or accessing SunShower’s online LMS. In contrast, the Trainer’s Toolbox is a set of resources (videos, a Leader’s Guide, PowerPoint files and handouts) for you and/or your team of trainers to use to conduct your own instructor-led training – in-person or on virtual platforms like Zoom.