Equity Challenge Week 3 Monday Microaggressions

“Some may say it’s tiresome to dwell on the hurt- after all there’s a relentless (if artificial) drive to Stay Positive! in America, to focus only on solutions—yet an essential step in the process of decolonization is hearing the painful stories of the colonized and the exploited, respectfully and with an open heart.”


― Edgar Villanueva

Now that we are more knowledgeable about implicit biases and motivations behind why we may act the way we do, it is time to acknowledge different ways that these feelings manifest. One of the primary forms is microaggressions, which is what we’ll be covering today. We hope that with increased awareness of microaggressions, we can take the next steps of minimizing their presence.


Microaggressions in the Workplace (2 Minute Read)

  • Read this article to learn about seven types of microaggressions that are common in the workplace in order to make sure that you are correcting yourself and others going forward.

Common Microaggressions American Indian People Face


Microaggressions Are A Big Deal: How To Talk Them Out and When To Walk Away (21 Minutes)

  • Listen to this podcast to hear Kevin Nadal, a professor of psychology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, describe how to discuss microaggressions.


How Microagressions are Like Mosquito Bites (1:56)

No. You Cannot Touch My Hair! (16:02)

  •  Excerpt from YouTube Description: “My seven-year-old self learnt to tell people what I thought they wanted to hear. By the age of eight I’d convinced the other kids that my hair was made of sponge… because being black it couldn’t be made of ‘hair’.” Through her own personal story and the hair-raising experiences of other women and girls, Mena Fombo’s TEDxBristol talk is a witty, yet compelling and sometimes dark exploration of the objectification of black women. It’s an issue she has spent a lifetime experiencing and exploring, with both a political and creative lens.

The Muslim on the Airplane (15:58)

  • Excerpt from YouTube Description: Watching the news, it seems like ethnic divides are ever deepening. But how can we solve these complicated problems when each side lives in fear of the other? The answer is simple, argues Syrian-American poet Amal Kassir – it starts with, “what’s your name?” Amal, a young Muslim-American and native Coloradan, found a platform for her voice growing up working in her family’s restaurant. She has been writing poetry since she was a child and has performed in eight countries, sharing her verse everywhere from youth prisons to orphanages to refugee camps.