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Microagressions and Microresistances

Microresistance Awareness Program

What is Microagression?

Microaggressions are “brief and commonplace daily verbal, behavioral, or environmental indignities, whether intentional or unintentional, that communicate hostile, derogatory, or negative . . .slights and insults” (Sue, Derald Wing, et al., "Racial Microaggressions in Everyday Life,"American Psychologist 62.4 [2007], p. 271).

What is Microresistance?

Microesistance is small-scale individual and/or collaborative efforts that empower targeted people and allies to cope with, respond to, and/or challenge microaggresssions to ultimately dismantle systems of oppression. (Ireay, Sayumi, How Asian American Women Perceive and Move toward Leadership Roles in Community Colleges: A study of Insider Counter Narratives,  PhD Diss., University of Washington, 2013, p. 36: and Ganote, Cynthia, and Tasha Souza, and Floyed Cheung, "Microaggressions and Microresistance: Supporting and Empowering Students" in Diversity and Inclusion in the College Classroom {Madison: Magna, 2016])

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