Course curriculum

  • 1

    Welcome to the course!

    • Introduction to the Mini-Course

    • How to use this course

    • Important Note Regarding Surveys

    • Needs Evaluation Introduction

    • Needs Evaluation

  • 2

    Part 1: What are bias, harassment, microaggressions, and discrimination?

    • Introduction to Legal Definitions of Bias, Harassment, Microaggressions, and Discrimination

    • Legal Definitions of Bias, Harassment, Microaggressions, and Discrimination + Bonus Exercise!

  • 3

    End of Course

    • More resources for you

    • Congrats!

    • Congrats!


  • What will I learn in this course?

    This course walks you through the important aspects of your local legislation that protects you at work or school. It provides definitions for harassment, bias, microaggressions, and discrimination, and includes a bonus exercise to help you learn your local legal protections and definitions. This is essential when effectively documenting and reporting bias, harassment, and discrimination.

  • Who is this course for?

    If you want a quick, low-cost guide to learn the content listed in the question above, this is for you! For more comprehensive and in-depth training on navigating bias, harassment, and discrimination, go to "All Courses" menu option at top of page and look at the STEM Thrive Guides Courses for Graduate Students & Early Career Professionals or Undergraduates. Those courses include much more information.

  • If I purchase this course, can I get a discount on other courses?

    Yes! If you purchase this course, the cost toward this course can be discounted from the full version of the Mini-Course, which includes all 4 parts (including this one, Part 1). Once you complete the course, you will receive a coupon code.

Meet the Instructor


Jill Pestana

Hi! I'm Jill Pestana. If you had told me 12 years ago that I would create the first course on how to navigate bias, harassment, and discrimination at work and school, I would not believe you. At that time, I was a physics major who had big goals of one day working on cutting-edge research. To reach that goal, I naively thought I only needed technical skills. Looking back, now I can tell you that to reach my dream job of working as a Senior Scientist and thriving in my career required transforming my mindset and learning a variety of soft skills in order to be resilient through bias, harassment, and discrimination. I founded The STEM Thrive Guides to educate and empower people experiencing bias, harassment, and discrimination so that they can navigate these difficult situations with confidence and thrive in their career. Everything I teach in this course, I have learned through navigating difficult situations at work and school over the last 12 years of my career in physics and engineering as an undergraduate student, graduate student, intern, and early-career professional. Suffering through physical and mental illness as a result of harassment in work environments taught me invaluable lessons that I share in this course in order to help others see the big picture and learn how to navigate difficult situations. I believe navigating bias, harassment, and discrimination is a valuable skillset, essential for reaching career success. For more information, you can find me here: