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Deconstructing Microaggressions MULTICULTURAL STUDENT SERVICES

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Deconstructing MicroaggressionsMULTICULTURAL STUDENT SERVICES

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Ground Rules:

Be Present

Be Respectful

Use “I” Statements

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Presentation Goals

Define Microaggression

Types of Microaggressions

Examples of Microaggressions

ActivityAction Steps to

address Microaggressions

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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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“If Black people said the stuff White people did”HTTPS://WWW.YOUTUBE.COM/WATCH?V=A1ZLZWTULIG

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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].”

(Sue, 2010)

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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

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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

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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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ActivityGROUP ACTIVITY

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ActivityDetermine: What type of microaggression was discussed?

Determine: Who was the perpetrator vs. victim?

Determine: What is the Response?

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ActivityLARGE GROUP DISCUSSION

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

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Effect of Microaggressions:

Creates a Non-Inclusive Environment

Creates disparities

Lowers morale and engagement

Lowers self-esteem

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What can we do to combat microaggressions?DISCUSSION

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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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