Public Workshops

What Do I Say Now?: Strategies for Addressing Microaggressions and Bias


Tues. Dec. 5, 2023  7-8:30pm ET

What can we do when we receive, witness, or enact a microaggression (everyday, often unintentional, comments and behaviors that are hurtful to people from marginalized groups)?  What do we need to consider when deciding on the most appropriate and effective response?  This free, live, virtual webinar will review what microaggressions are and their impact, and then provide a range of practical strategies for addressing them. Since there is no one way to effectively respond in all situations, we need a toolbox of skills at our disposable. After the first hour, attendees can stay for another half-hour to practice in small groups and engage in further Q and A. Attendees will leave with range of approaches they can draw on and share with others.

We’ll cover:

  • Definition and examples of microaggressions
  • The impact of microaggressions
  • Considerations when deciding on a response
  • A range of responses for different situations
  • How to apologize when enacting a microaggression
  • Questions and answers
  • Opportunity for practice

7-8pm ET--Presentation and Q and A.  8-8:30pm practice in small groups and additional Q and A.

Where-Virtual On Zoom



This webinar will not be recorded.  Got to be there!

Diane’s work on microaggressions has been cited in the NYTimes and Working Woman Magazine, referenced in various books and resources, and used by countless individuals. She has been doing training, consulting, speaking, and writing on diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice issues for 40 years.

Facilitating DEI Discussions: Essential Skills for Constructive Conversations

A Three-Part Workshop

Description: Formally and informally, people are expected to facilitate discussions about diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) issues in their schools, organizations and communities. Topics can range from racial justice to LGBTQ+ issues, immigration, and women's rights. However, many individuals feel ill-prepared to effectively manage these conversations and address the common dynamics that occur, such as defensiveness, microaggressions, strong emotions, and inequitable participation. Yet, the ability to have constructive conversations about these issues is crucial for our collective well-being and social change. Fortunately, there are skills we can learn to increase our effectiveness in facilitating these discussions.

Participants can expect to: 

  • Understand how your own social identities impact your facilitation.
  • Build and practice essential skills for facilitating DEI conversations.
  • Be able to identify and address common group and power dynamics in DEI conversations.
  • Develop ways to manage yourself during DEI discussions.
  • Increase competence, confidence, and comfort in facilitating DEI conversations.

Workshop Format: These three half-day workshops build upon each other; it is important to attend all three sessions. The sessions are live, virtual, and highly interactive. Participants will actively practice the skills they are learning and additional resources will be provided. 

Who May Benefit: Anyone who formally or informally facilitates or leads conversations about DEI issues, including but not limited to:

  • HR professionals
  • Educators/Faculty
  • DEI committee members
  • Diversity Officers
  • ERG facilitators
  • Organizational and community leaders
  • Group facilitators
  • DEI trainers

This workshop is suitable for both newcomers to facilitating DEI topics and experienced individuals looking to refresh, enhance, and practice their skills. Please note that this workshop focuses on facilitation skills for leading group conversations and is not a train-the-trainer for delivering specific content in workshops. Participants are expected to have basic DEI knowledge.

Dates: Fridays–September 29, October 13, and October 27 

Time: 12:30 PM - 4:30 PM ET

Cost: Sliding scale: $150-350

Please consider your own resources and if you have institutional support. If cost is a barrier for you, please let us know, and we'll do our best to accommodate your needs.

To register:

Join us for an impactful workshop series that will equip you with the skills and confidence to facilitate discussions about diversity, equity, and inclusion in your organization and community. Let's work together for a more inclusive and equitable future.

Doing Our Own Work: White People Learning, Healing, and Acting for Racial Equity*
Understanding Racism and Ourselves as White: The Basics (or how to feel less uncomfortable and stupid about race)
    • Are you confused about what’s OK to say related to race?

    • Do you wonder why we still see racial inequalities?

    • Do you want to have better relationships with people of color?

    • Do you want to better understand racial issues and dynamics?

These sessions are particularly helpful for people new to exploring race and racism.

Jan. 23 - Racial Socialization: How we’ve learned racism and what it means to be white

Jan 30 - Systemic Racism: Understanding the past to understand the present

Feb. 6 - Creating Change: What you can do to advance racial equity

These workshops are being held on Mondays from 6:30-8pm EST.

Continuing the Journey

Feb. 13 - Implicit Bias and Microaggressions: Identifying our unconscious biases and how they show up

Feb. 27- Addressing Racial Microaggressions: Tools for responding and apologizing

March 6 – Talking with Other White People about Racism: Strategies for more constructive conversations

March 13 - How Racism Harms White People and What We Have to Gain from Unlearning and Eliminating It: Exploring Our Shared Liberation

These workshops are being held on Mondays from 6:30-8pm EST.


March 19 - Aligning Our Behavior with Our Values: Working through Beliefs and Behaviors that Get in Our Way

This workshop will be held Sunday 3-6pm EDT.

People can attend just one or all of the sessions. They will not be recorded.

These workshop are intended for white-identified people who are seeking to better understand racism and whiteness and develop their capacity to be more effective agents for racial equity. These live, virtual workshops are experiential and interactive, providing a supportive and non-judgmental environment to explore racism on personal and structural levels. They are an opportunity not just to gain content knowledge but do the personal work to embody the learnings. Workshops will include presentation, media, personal reflection, mindfulness practices, and small and whole group discussion. After each workshop, participants will receive some additional resources to continue the learning.

Suggested donation: $10/workshop. $25.00 for 3-hour workshop on March. 19 No one turned away based on ability to pay. Facilitated by Diane J. Goodman, Ed.D.

Register here.

Zoom link and payment information will be provided to those registered shortly before the workshop.

For more information, email

If you are not able to attend these workshops but are interested in attending at another time or would like me to come to your community or organization, please let me know.

What participants are saying:

"I really appreciate the open conversation, with no judgement."

"In a gentle, open, yet honest manner, Diane Goodman challenges your assumptions about race and what you think you know about it via questions you ask yourself, each other, and lessons carefully prepared and easily understood. There is nothing judgmental about these sessions, and I have always learned a lot."

"I’ve benefited from dialogue between generations and very informative."

The Fundamentals of Understanding Racism and Ourselves as White

This workshop will provide some foundational work on understanding race, racism, and whiteness.  It will review some key concepts and terminology, discuss systemic as well as personal racism, provide opportunities to reflect on our own racial identities and experiences, and identify ways to continue the process of unlearning racism and fostering racial equity. The workshop will address

A brief history of racism and whiteness—how the past shapes the present
Racial socialization—how we learn the significance of race and what it means to be white
How race, racism, and whiteness impact our daily lives
Next steps in unlearning racism and supporting racial equity

A Deeper Dive into Racism, Whiteness, and Racial Equity
If you’re wondering:

  • How can I become aware of and change my patterns of behavior that interfere with my commitment to anti-racism?
  • How do other white people navigate challenging situations regarding race and racism?
  • What should I do when…….?

This workshop will address:

  • How we have internalized and enact whiteness
  • Ways we exhibit white fragility and other unproductive behaviors
  • How to engage more productively in cross-race relationships and work for racial justice
  • Next steps in our racial equity journey
The Fundamentals of Understanding Racism and Ourselves as White

This workshop series is for white-identified people who are seeking some foundational work on understanding race, racism, and whiteness. These live, virtual workshops will provide a supportive and non-judgmental environment to explore racism on personal and structural levels. They are experiential and interactive, utilizing presentation, media, and small and large group discussions.

  • Racial Socialization—How we learned racism and how to be white (Jan. 30)
  • Systemic Racism: Past and Present—Understanding current racial inequalities (Feb. 13)
  • Implicit Bias and Microaggressions—How we internalize and enact racial bias (Feb. 27)
  • Patterns of White People that Perpetuate Racism—How to align our good intentions with our behavior (March 13)
  • Allyship and Creating Change—Ways to foster racial justice wherever we are (March 27)

All workshops will be held on Sundays from 3:00-5:00pm ET. They are being offered as a series so the workshops will build on each other but people can attend individual workshops.  A certificate of completion will be provided if all sessions are attended.  Workshops will not be recorded.

To register:

A zoom link will be provided shortly before the workshop.

Suggested donation: $10/workshop. 

Exploring What it Means to Be White: Getting Grounded
If you’re wondering:

  • What do people mean by “whiteness” and “racial equity?"
  • Why do still we have such racial disparities after all these years?
  • What do race and racism have to do with me as a white person?

Beyond Racism 101: A Workshop for White People to More Deeply Explore Race, Whiteness, and Racial Equity

This workshop will address:

  1. Questions and challenges we face as we try to embody our racial equity values and vision.
  2. Ways we enact our internalized racial superiority and white privilege.
  3. How to be our most conscious and powerful selves in efforts for racial justice.

*Why workshops for white people? People of color have called on white people to educate each other so they don’t always have to. These workshops are designed particularly for white people so we can do our own work without relying on people of color to teach us or take care of us. As we become more conscious and skilled, we can more productively engage in multi-racial contexts and create more authentic relationships across race.