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Reels Girl: Microaggression

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Donna Q

on 29 August 2013

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Transcript of Reels Girl: Microaggression

your facilitators: Donna Quach & Jena Yang
expectations & goals
* respect one another & be open minded

* understand the concept of microaggresions

* be more aware of the impact of your statements, questions, and assumptions

* learn what you can do when microaggressions occur

* share your new learnings to someone new
what is microaggression?
why do you think we shared this video?
making stuff people say conscious
a little about ourselves...
...and now we'd like to know a little about you!
what did you notice?
"brief and commonplace daily verbal, behavioral, or environmental indignities, whether intentional or unintentional, that communicate hostile, derogatory, or negative racial, gender, sexual orientation, religious (and other identities- ability, ethnicity) slights, and insults to the target person or group (marginalized)"
source: Sue, D.W. (2010). Microaggressions in everyday life: Race, gender, and sexual orientation. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley
* can make you feel uncomfortable because of how someone says something to you or act towards you

* can be subtle

* is sometimes caused by curiosity

* can be thought to be compliments

* is offensive and can hurt people
some identities include:
sexual orientation
religion or spiritual affiliation
socioeconomic class
national origin
physical/psychological/mental/learning ability
adapated from Lyon, Catalano, Shlasko & Runell of the School of Education, Social Justice Education
some identities are encountered more than others
due to visibility
now let's get into groups...
share with a neighbor the following...
1. describe a time you experienced or witnessed a microaggression
* what was the underlying message?
* how did you feel?
* what did you do?
2. describe a time you committed a microaggression
* what was the underlying message?
* how did you feel?
* what did you do?
McCain shook his head and stated, "No ma'am... He's a decent, family man, a citizen that I just happen to have disagreements with. He's not...!"
At a political rally, a supporter told McCain, "I don't trust Obama... He's an Arab."
what is the underlying message?
can you recognize a microaggression?
what's your reactions?
what you can do
as an ally
1. recognize your assumptions and fears

2. ask and state your assumption

3. interact with diverse groups of people

4. "CALL IT IN": recognize them
examples of verbal, behavioral, and environmental microaggressions
1. don't be defensive -> be calm

2. choose your battles

3. "CALL IT IN" : be open to discuss how that impacted you
what you can do
as the impacted
checking out
What did you take away from this workshop?
Name one action plan to become an ally
<3 J & D
We all make mistakes. The question is, how can we improve ourselves?
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