Transcript of Deconstructing Microaggressions
Deconstructing MicroaggressionsMULTICULTURAL STUDENT SERVICES
Use “I” Statements
Types of Microaggressions
Examples of Microaggressions
ActivityAction Steps to
Multicultural CompetenceAwareness of one’s own assumptions, biases, and values; Knowledge of the worldview of others; information about various cultural groups; Skills to implement appropriate strategies and techniques
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What are Microaggressions? Definition: Daily verbal, behavioral, or environmental indignities that communicate hostile, derogatory, or negative slights and insults towards people
“Can occur by well-intended, moral, and decent [people].”
Three Types of Microaggressions:Microassaults
Explicit and intentional discriminatory actions of verbal or non-verbal attack against someone’s identity to hurt the person
Ex. Name-calling, avoidant behaviors
Three Types of MicroaggressionsMicroinsults
Characterized by non-verbal or verbal remarks that convey rudeness and insensitivity and demean a person’s identity
Ex. Questioning expertise, Mistaking a female doctor as a nurse
Three Types of MicroaggressionsMicroinvalidations
Characterized by verbal comments or behaviors that exclude, negate, or nullify thoughts, feelings, or experiential reality of a person’s identity
Ex. Saying, “I don’t see color” or “I am not homophobic. I have a gay friend” or “You speak English well”
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SOURCE: BUZZ FEED
ActivityDetermine: What type of microaggression was discussed?
Determine: Who was the perpetrator vs. victim?
Determine: What is the Response?
ActivityLARGE GROUP DISCUSSION
Activity Describe a time you witnessed a microaggression. What was the underlying message? How did you feel? What did you do?
Effect of Microaggressions:
Creates a Non-Inclusive Environment
Lowers morale and engagement
What can we do to combat microaggressions?DISCUSSION
Combating MicroaggressionsBecome aware of our own bias and fearsActively listen when someone raises a concernDon’t be defensiveBe an ally-stand up, speak out!Educate others about microaggressions and how to stop them
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