DSW Candidate – Valerie Robinson, LCSW, 1:00 PM – 2:15 PM


Virtual Showcase of DSW Scholars 2024 Event!

For Black Women Who Code-Switch When Authenticity is Enough: An Exploration of How Black Women Navigate Microaggression in Workspaces

DSW Candidate – Valerie Robinson, LCSW

Wednesday, April 24, 2024

1:00 PM – 2:15 PM Eastern Time Zone

Credit Hours: 1.0


For Black Women Who Code-Switch When Authenticity is Enough: An Exploration of How Black Women Navigate Microaggression in Workspaces

This capstone presentation explores the history of Black women who have long been subjected to microaggressions in workspaces. Like most pervasive acts of oppression, discrimination situates itself in workspaces, affecting Black women who must constantly police themselves against these microaggressions of projected stereotypes, feelings of invisibility, visibility, and tokenism. This capstone presentation provides an overview of how microaggression is perpetuated against Black women as a result of their dual marginalized identities.

Coping strategies are also examined, as Black women often feel the need to modify their behaviors, speech, and hairstyles to overcome the afflictions of microaggression. Support groups and mentoring frame the analysis of how Black women cope with microaggressions in workspaces. The phenomenon of Black women empowering one another by utilizing the integrated perspectives of Intersectionality and Black Feminist Thought Alliance Theory is discussed.

Finally, this capstone presentation offers a fresh perspective on addressing microaggressions through a tech-savvy intervention for Black women to lessen the adverse impact of their experiences while collaborating with organizations to combat microaggressions through their diversity, equity, and inclusivity initiatives.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Gain knowledge about the various forms of microaggressions and the detrimental impact they have on the emotional well-being of Black women.
  2. Examine the strategies utilized by Black women to manage and navigate microaggressions.
  3. Acquire a comprehensive understanding of a cutting-edge strategy to effectively tackle and reduce the detrimental impacts of microaggressions by empowering Black women and fostering collaboration within organizations.


Delivery Method: Live Interactive Training via Zoom Video Conferencing

Credit Hours: 1.0 (ACE)

Target Audience: This conference is intended for social workers and students.


Accreditation: University of Kentucky College of Social Work, Provider # 1377, is approved as an ACE provider to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Regulatory boards are the final authority on courses accepted for continuing education credit. ACE provider approval period: 9/29/22-9/29/25. Social workers participating in this conference will receive up to 15 general continuing education credits.

Claiming CE Credit: Instructions for claiming CE credit will be disseminated at the beginning of each session.

Questions: If you have any questions regarding CE credit or to report a grievance, please contact Melissa Whitaker at melissa.whitaker@uky.edu. For technical assistance, please contact lmshelp@uky.edu.