The Architecture of Microaggressions, Power and Identity: Exploring How We Built the Building We Live in Now

Saturday, May 18, 2024 | 6 CE Credits or Certificate of Completion
10:00 a.m.-5:00. p.m. (one hour lunch break) | via Zoom
Registration deadline: Sunday, May 12


Conversations with coworkers, friends and family are essential to pushing back against “isms” that covertly shape our world. In these conversations, it’s important to also confront what’s known as “microaggressions.” These are the thinly veiled, everyday instances of racism, homophobia, sexism (and more) that you see in the world. It can be an insult, other times it’s an errant comment or gesture.

We navigate all of these things in our lives and for many of us on a daily, hourly basis. Some of us might not even recognize that we are navigating them or even perpetrating them.

We’re all human beings who are prone to mistakes, and we’re all human beings who might commit microaggressions. And it’s not necessarily that you’re a bad person, but rather that you need to be more aware of your biases, power, and privilege, and what impact they have on people in a given situation.

The workshop will include mini lectures, PowerPoint slides, small groups, embodiment exercises, and experimentation. Participants are encouraged to come with curiosity and an open-mind, and prepared for some form of self reflection and choiceful disclosure.

Who Should Attend?

Adults curious about identity of self and others and how the two coexist harmoniously.

In This Workshop, Participants Will:

  • Explore self, other and context in instances of microaggressions
  • Determine their identity and the dimensions of power and privilege available to them
  • Understand the dynamic of identity negotiation

Program Leader

Shareefah is founder and president of Sabur Associates, former Executive Director of the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland from 2016-2021, and current faculty member. In addition to coaching, she teaches in the Gestalt Training Program and the Group and Teams Facilitation Program. She has held adjunct teaching roles at Cleveland State University and Kent State University.

Her approach to coaching is to increase self-awareness that can be explored in a non-judgmental space through a lens of curiosity; then to partner with the client to become more of who they really are.

She has 25 years of previous experience in various roles in health care and education which included coaching, leadership development, management training, organizational alignment, and strategic planning. Shareefah has also worked internationally in Sub-Saharan Africa providing training for non-governmental organizations in board development and strategic planning to support the delivery of palliative care and establish national palliative care networks.

Shareefah is a Gestalt Professional Certified Coach and a Certified Diversity Professional who provides services through her consulting practice, Sabur Associates, steeped in support of diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging (DEIB). She currently serves on the boards of International Association for the Advancement of Gestalt Therapy and Association of Coach Training Organizations. She has a BA and MA in Psychology and an MNO (Masters in Nonprofit Organizations).

Tuition (includes the cost of CEUs):

Minimum registrants: 8 | Maximum registrants: 25

Refunds will only be given to those who cancel a full two weeks prior to the workshop.

Please be mindful that if you register for sliding scale at the lowest end when you can afford the higher ticket price, you are limiting access to those who truly need the gift of financial flexibility.

  • $200 full tuition
  • $180 dues-paying associate members
  • $150 students
  • $125 sliding scale (3 spaces available)

GTIP offers Continuing Education credits to: LSW, LCSW, LPC, LMFT, PSY, GENERIC. Should you be requesting CEUs, please indicate what license you hold and your license number on the registration form.


This session is co-sponsored by Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research for a maximum of 6 credit hours. Bryn Mawr College GSSWSR, as a CSWE accredited School of Social Work, is a pre-approved provider of continuing education for Social Workers in PA and many other states.

GTIP is approved by the Pennsylvania State Board of Psychology to offer 6 hours of continuing education for psychologists. GTIP maintains responsibility for the program. The Pennsylvania State Board of Psychology requires Psychology workshop participants to furnish their license number to receive a certificate of attendance.

If you have any questions, please reach out to our Operations Manager Laura Henrich at