Microaggressions are small, subtle, often subconscious actions that marginalize people in oppressed groups.


  • Don’t make assumptions about someone’s gender. If you need to reference something an attendee said, refer to them by name, use “they/them” rather than a gendered pronoun, or try something like “going back to what our friend from the food bank said…”
  • Know that “guys” is not gender neutral.
  • Reserve the terms “girls” or “boys” for youth.
  • Be thoughtful about who you call on to speak.
  • Make sure to share the microphone and podium with your co-presenters.