33rd Annual Conference

March 8-12, 2021


Community Accountability for Addressing Microaggressions

75-minute Workshops

Day 3

Session Code: S4-B
When: March 10, 2021
Level: Intermediate
Track: DEI Strategy
Presenter: Adrianna Flax, adriannaflax.com


How we manage conflict directly impacts the health and psychological safety of our organizations. Traditional conflict resolution models often fall short of addressing harms that are harder to detect, like microaggressions, and those that are large and multifaceted, like systemic racism. The result for individuals is often feelings of social isolation, mistrust, and looking elsewhere for employment. Organizations that fail to recognize internal microaggressive culture and provide a safe way to address harms see their diversity and inclusion efforts flounder.

This session presents Community Accountability, a new framework to address conflict that builds trust, demonstrates transparency, supports psychological safety, and boosts employee loyalty. The subject matter expert will discuss behaviors that keep the work community healthy and intact, as well as the mindset shift needed to move toward a Community Accountability model for conflict management.

Learning Outcomes

• Understand belonging and psychological safety, and their importance for successful teams
• Explore the impacts of microaggressive culture on both individuals and organizations
• Understand how a shift toward Community Accountability promotes trust, loyalty, and inclusion

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