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Leading By Example – Combating Microaggressions

In this session you will learn how to recognize and stop Microaggressions when they happen.

Erin Williams

on 25 September 2013

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Transcript of Leading By Example – Combating Microaggressions

It might be a microaggresion if:
Leading By Example:
Combating Microaggressions
What are
Commonplace verbal, behavioral or environmental indignities, whether unintentional or intentional which communicate hostile, derogatory, or negative slights and insults to people from marginalized groups. (Sue)
"Why are you being so sensitive?"
"Gah, I was just joking!"
"You're overreacting."
"I'm not trying to be racist/sexist/heterosexist, but...
Personal Examples
Describe a time you committed a microaggression. What was the underlying message? How did you feel? What did you do?

Describe a time you experienced a microaggression. What was the underlying message? How did you feel? What did you do?

Describe a time you witnessed a microaggression. What was the underlying message? How did you feel? What did you do?
What can I do about it?
Treating like a second class citizen

Assuming normality of dominant culture/identity

Assuming inferiority or pathology of marginalized identity/culture

Denying personal bias

Myth of meritocracy

Ascription of intelligence

Culture blindness

Using offensive/biased language

Assuming criminality
Common Themes of Microaggressions
Small Group Activity
People from marginalized groups face chronic, continuing, and daily microaggressive stressors from well-intentioned individuals who are unaware of their insults, slights, and demeaning actions.
Microaggressive Stress
Create hostile and invalidating educational and work climate

Devalue social group identities

Lower work productivity and educational learning

Perpetuate stereotype threat

Create physical and emotional stress/problems
Negative Effects
Become aware of own unconscious bias
Learn about other social/cultural groups
Be observant—notice reactions
Listen when someone raises a concern
Get feedback on interpersonal behavior and environment
Interrupt microaggressions when witnessing them
Educate others about microaggressions to be able to identify and stop them
Addressing and Eliminating Microaggressions
Dr. Diane J. Goodman
Thank you for leaving your comfort zone!
NPR: "What's the most ridiculous question you've been asked?"

1) What color is happiness?

2) What color is sadness?

3) What color is tenderness?

4) What color is loneliness?

5) What color is friskiness?

6) What color is creativity?

7) What color is intelligence?

8) What color is love?

9) What is your favorite color?

10) What is your least favorite color?

Please answer the following questions with the name of a color:
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