Tools for Addressing Microaggressions in Academic Spaces

Microaggressions are intentional or unintentional brief slights that communicate derogatory messages toward individuals based solely upon their marginalized group membership. Microaggressions can and do occur everywhere and anywhere including classrooms and other academic spaces. This interactive session will introduce and explore strategies and tools for both addressing the impact of microaggressions and creating inclusive spaces.

By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Define the characteristics and impact of microagressions
  • Recognize the difference between inclusive language and political correctness
  • Complete an action plan for creating inclusive academic spaces

Presented by:

Charee Holloway

Charee Holloway, Center for Identity, Inclusion, and Social Change

Michael Riley, Workshop Coordinator, Student Affairs, DePaul University, is pictured in a studio portrait Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015. (DePaul University/Jeff Carrion)

Michael Riley, Center for Identity, Inclusion, and Social Change


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