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 Part 1

    • Part 1

  • 3

    Part 2: How to Document Harassment

    • Introduction to Part 2

    • Part 2

  • 4

    Part 3: How to Report Harassment

    • Introduction to Part 3

    • Part 3

  • 5

    Part 4: Tips for Addressing Harassment during the Pandemic

    • Introduction to Part 4

    • Part 4

    • More resources for you

    • End of Course Reflection

    • Congratulations!

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: