Virtual Book Talk: Microintervention Strategies, with Derald Wing Sue, Sarah Alsaidi, Narolyn Mendez, Cassandra Calle, and Elizabeth Glaeser

Cutting Edge Exploration and Extension of the Concept of Microinterventions

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Oct 12

6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Virtual Space

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Please join us for a panel book talk on Microintervention Strategies: What You Can Do to Disarm and Dismantle Individual and Systemic Racism and Bias, authored by Derald Wing Sue, Cassandra Z. Calle, Sarah Alsaid, Narolyn Mendez, and Elizabeth Glaeser (Wiley, 2020).


"Microintervention Strategies: What You Can Do to Disarm and Dismantle Individual and Systemic Racism and Bias, delivers a cutting-edge exploration and extension of the concept of microinterventions to combat micro and macroaggressions targeted at marginalized groups in our society. While racial bias is the primary example used throughout the book, the author’s approach is applicable to virtually all forms of bias and discrimination, including that directed at those with disabilities, LGBTQ people, women, and others.  


The book calls out unfair and biased institutional policies and practices and presents strategies to help reduce the impact of sexism, heterosexism, ableism, and classism. It provides a new conceptual framework for distinguishing between the different categories of microinterventions, or individual anti-bias actions, and offers specific, concrete, and practical advice for taking a stand against micro and macroaggressions."

-- Publisher's description


  • Derald Wiing Sue is Professor of Psychology and Education in the Department of Counseling and Clinical Psychology at Teachers College at Columbia University. He is the author of 23 books and over 170 scholarly publications and has led extensive cultural diversity training for many Fortune 500 companies and institutions of higher education.


  • Sarah Alsaidi completed a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University. Her research focuses on identity, microaggressions, and microintervention response strategies for people of color and allies. Sarah utilizes an intersectional, feminist, and social justice approach that integrates her clinical background and research. She is driven by her desire to live by these principles and values and believes in the sharing of power, self-disclosures, and active interventions. Sarah is the founder of Sarah Alsaidi Consulting and has several years of experience facilitating workshops and trainings in educational and organizational settings. She has played an integral role in the development of mental health awareness campaigns and programming in the community, initiatives centering the experiences of women of color and access to education, as well as teaching anti-bias microintervention strategies in education, hospital and social service settings. Sarah also serves as an Adjunct Assistant Professor in Counseling and Clinical Psychology at Teachers College, Columbia University teaching Multicultural Psychology. 


  • Narolyn Mendez is pursuing her doctorate in Counseling Psychology at Teachers College, Columbia University, having earned her M.Ed here. She has a BA from City University of New York and is co-founder of nascent consulting and has interned at Mount Sinai Hospital and Health System, and externed at Barnard College's Rosemary Furman's Counseling Center.



  • Elizabeth Glaeser (she/her/hers) is a postdoctoral fellow with the Anxiety and Mood Disorder Service and the Gender and Sexuality Service at the NYU Child Study Center, within the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital at NYU Langone. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at NYC Health and Hospitals Woodhull Medical and Mental Health Center with a focus on crisis management and care for children and adults. She earned her doctorate at Teachers College Columbia University in the Counseling PhD program where her research focused on antiracism education for allies and multicultural and social justice interventions in mental health systems specifically with the gender expansive community. She has worked in LGTBQ mental health for 12 years and worked at The Ackerman Institute’s Gender & Family Project from 2014 – 2020. She completed clinical practicum experiences at the Central New York Psychiatric Center, Office of Mental Health New York State Transgender Identity Program, Manhattan Veterans Affairs Hospital, and in college and community settings. Her work has been featured in journals, textbooks of cultural sensitivity, and guides on how to support and empower transgender individuals and address racial microaggressions. 


Please rsvp by Monday, October 11th with your interest and details and we'll follow up with a Zoom link.


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