SAE Cover

The world's bestselling book on microaggressions

Subtle Acts of Exclusion

How to Understand, Identify,
and Stop Microaggressions

A practical, accessible, nonjudgmental handbook to help individuals and organizations recognize and prevent microaggressions in the workplace.

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An award winning practical guide for today's workplace

Our workplaces are growing more diverse, but are we supporting inclusive cultures?

While overt racism, sexism, ableism, and other forms of discrimination are relatively easy to spot, we cannot neglect the subtler everyday actions that normalize exclusion in our workplaces. Many have heard the term microaggression, but not everyone fully understands what microaggressions are or how to recognize them and stop them from happening.


In this book, Dr. Tiffany Jana and Dr. Michael Baran offer a clearer, more accessible term, subtle acts of exclusion, or SAE, to emphasize the purpose and effect of microaggressions. Whether in the form of exaggerated stereotypes, backhanded compliments, unfounded assumptions, or objectification, SAE are insidious and damaging to our coworkers and colleagues. Dr. Jana and Dr. Baran give simple and clear tools to identify and address such acts, even offering scripts for helpful ways to approach discussions of difficult, uncomfortable, and deeply personal topics in a professional setting.

For more resources on addressing SAE, check out these online programs from the authors.

About the Authors

Dr. Tiffany Jana

Dr. Tiffany Jana

Dr. Tiffany Jana is the founder and CEO of TMI Portfolio, a collection of socially responsible and interconnected companies working to advance more culturally inclusive and equitable workforces. TMI Portfolio’s consulting arm, TMI Consulting, Inc. is a Certified Benefit Corporation and 2019, 2018, and 2016 Best for the World Honoree.

Dr. Jana is an international public speaker, and has appeared on stages in the United States, Spain, Germany and Hong Kong. Dr. Jana won the 2017 Enterprising Women of the Year from Enterprising Women Magazine, Diversity Journal’s Women Worth Watching Award, and was named one of the Top 100 Leadership Speakers for 2018 on Dr. Jana has been featured in featured in Forbes, Psychology Today, Huffington Post, MarketWatch and Fast Company.

Dr. Jana's first book Overcoming Bias, received an endorsement from 2016 Vice-Presidential candidate Tim Kaine. In addition to three books on bias, Dr. Jana co-authored the 2nd Edition of the B Corp Handbook.

Dr. Michael Baran

Dr. Baran is a Senior Partner and Digital Solutions Lead at inQUEST Consulting. He draws on his own research in cultural anthropology and cognitive psychology to inform his current diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) work–his speaking engagements, writings, consulting, leadership development, workshop facilitation, and digital products. He customizes sustainable change management plans for organizations that integrate the best of in-person and scalable digital platforms. His work and his digital products have been covered in the New York Times, BBC, Washington Post, CNN, Boston Globe, and Slate.

In addition to his inQUEST work, Dr. Baran has taught courses at Harvard University and the University of Michigan. He has worked as Associate Director at the FrameWorks Institute and Principal Researcher at the American Institutes of Research, conducting ethnographic research to inform culturally competent campaigns around a variety of pressing social issues.

Dr. Baran received his B.A. from Emory University and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Michigan.

Dr. Michael Baran

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