Exploring Mircroaggressions


Have you ever been in a situation where someone made a statement or gesture that did not feel right to you? Microaggressions are often unconscious actions or statements that may impact others without the micro aggressor even knowing. 

Connecticut United Ways Young Professional Groups, along with our community partners at Hartford Young Professionals and Entrepreneurs (HYPE), Urban League of Greater Hartford Young Professionals and YWCA Hartford Region, are coming together to host Exploring Microaggressions, a virtual conversation led by LeRon Barton.


This event will explore microaggressions defining what they are and how they are harmful. LeRon will discuss what it is to practice allyship and share personal stories as well as stories of colleagues and family. Throughout the event, participants will have the opportunity to engage in dialogue related to recognizing, addressing, and combating microaggressions, all in a supportive, safe, and inclusive environment. 

Purchase your ticket for $10

Connecticut United Ways response to COVID-19 

Collectively, Connecticut United Ways have been working toward creating communities that are equitable and inclusive. While each of us has been affected by COVID-19 differently, the pandemic has emphasized the health and economic inequalities of people of color. Funds raised through this event will directly support local individuals and families most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

About Connecticut United Way Young Professionals  

Connecticut United Ways Young Professional groups provide networking, volunteering, and leadership development opportunities for young leaders who live or work in Middlesex CountyGreater Hartford and Windham RegionGreater Waterbury. Members are committed to making a difference in our communities by leveraging the power of United Way to connect, serve and grow. 

About LeRon Barton: 

LeRon L. Barton is a writer from Kansas City, Missouri currently living in San Francisco, CA. A graduate of Paseo Academy of Fine Arts, LeRon is the author of two books, Straight Dope: A 360 degree look into American Drug Culture and All We Really Need Is Love: Stories of Dating, Relationships, Heartbreak, and Marriage. In addition to his books, LeRon is an essayist whose topics cover racism, mass incarceration, politics, gender, and dating.  These works have appeared in Black Enterprise, Salon, Harvard Business Review, The Good Men Project, Your Tango, Media Diversity, Raconteur, Elephant Journal, East Bay Times, and MoADLeRon is an international speaker who has given multiple talks and appeared on TEDx, Al Jazeera, the University of San Francisco, Navis, Speakers Who Dare, Nas Dubai, Glide Memorial Church, The City of Cupertino, Los Altos Chamber of Commerce, Square, and Defy Ventures. In his spare time, LeRon enjoys mentoring African-American youth, teaching Creative Writing at the San Francisco County Jail, and backpacking around the world. 

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