September 4, 2020 ADVANCE Weekly Roundup

Microaggressions are “silent destroyers of a university’s climate.” They are often unintentional, indirect, or subtle instances in which a statement or action marginalizes an underrepresented group. Microaggressions affect people and groups long after the actual experience. Thus education and avoiding microaggressions is critical to improving campus climate and the focus of this week’s Weekly Roundup. This article from Academic Impressions breaks down two scenarios to help recognize what a microaggression might look like, what the impact can be, and provides a checklist to help someone before making a statement to avoid enacting a microaggression.

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