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 4: Tips for Addressing Harassment during the Pandemic

    • Introduction to Tips for Addressing Harassment during the Pandemic

    • Tips for Addressing Harassment during the Pandemic + Bonus Exercise

  • 3

    End of Course

    • More resources for you

    • End of Course Reflection

    • Congratulations!

    • Congratulations!


  • What will I learn in this course?

    This course reviews common instances of microaggressions and harassment you may experience while working remotely (i.e. being talked over, interrupted, or offensive remarks during a video meeting, exclusion from important meetings, pressures to attend work without mandatory COVID-19 protections). It also includes a bonus exercise for growing self-awareness and focusing on what we can control in order to self-care amidst this stressful time. This teaches about the symptoms of harassment to help you identify whether you are suffering from any of these side-effects.

  • 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 4). 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: