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What to Know About Microaggressions

Microaggression is a term used for brief and commonplace verbal, behavioral, or environmental slights, whether intentional or unintentional, that communicate hostile, derogatory, or negative attitudes toward stigmatized or culturally marginalized groups.

As tutors and educators, we need to be able to recognize and choose how to react to these often unintentional behaviors as well as correct our own behaviors in order to model an accepting environment.

This seminar will inform you about microaggessions in the education and the workplace.

Participants will be able to

  • define microaggressions
  • understand the types of microaggressions
  • recognize what may cause microaggressions
  • articulate a plan to handle microggressions they encounter

Step 1: Video Presentation What are MicroAgressions

    Step 1

Step 2: Read Articles on Recognizing and Handling MicroAgressions

  Step 2

Microagressions are defined as verbal, behavioral, and environmental indignities that communicate hostile, derogatory, or negative racial slights and insults to the target person or group. You can respond in one of three ways: let it go, call it out immediately, bring it up at a later date. Here are a few frameworks for deciding which path is right for the situation and how to handle the conversation if you choose to have one.

Step 3: Reflect and Respond

  Step 3

After watching the presentation and reading the articles, download the handout.  Take some time to reflect on what you learned.  Answer the questions and submit to your ASC Faculty.

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