|Wednesday Session Materials|
2016 GENERAL SESSIONS
Addressing Microaggressions in Everyday Life: Advocating for Inclusion presented by Dr. Kevin Nadal, Executive Director, The Center for LGBTQ Studies at the Graduate Center at the City University of New York
Description: This general session will focus on microaggressions - or subtle, often unconscious, forms of bias and discrimination that negatively affect people, particularly those of historically marginalized identity groups. Microaggressions have been found to manifest interpersonally in the workplace, schools, communities, and other settings. Examples of microaggressions include “Assumptions of Criminality” (i.e., microaggressions in which people of color are assumed to be deviant or violent) or "Assumptions of Heteronormativity" (i.e., microaggressions in which heterosexuality is viewed as the norm). Institutionally and systemically, microaggressions can manifest through discriminatory policies and laws, many of which isolate or exclude certain minority groups. Previous researchers have found that microaggressions negatively impact various outcomes including mental health, self-esteem, and physical health. Recommendations will be provided to prevent microaggressions and address them when they occur.
2016 BREAKOUT SESSIONS & WORKSHOPS