Tag: Microaggressions

ADVANCE Weekly Roundup: Silencing those with lower status.

Why do people who know better stay silent in the face of damaging behaviors? Through engaging stories, this article in the journal Studies in Symbolic Interaction discusses how the angry expression of power over others is enabled through the silencing of those with lower status who witness its expression. Status silencing uses the fear of reprisal for speaking up with different viewpoints and/or about inappropriate behaviors. Gendered roles associated with leadership and power can create forms of toxic masculinity. Thus, status silencing and toxic masculinity are reasons why bystander intervention does not always occur when it should. As the authors note, patriarchy works best when it goes unrecognized; this article may help individuals better recognize these harmful dynamics when they happen on campus.

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ADVANCE Weekly Roundup: Programs to Diversify Role Models in STEMM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math and Medicine)

An engineer friend once told my wife that my daughter, who was considering majors in college, was not the right type to be an engineer. Too often, we develop preconceived ideas of what a scientist, engineer, or artist is expected to look like. We use such stereotypes to simplify the complex world around us. This practice becomes harmful when it projects narrow preconceived expectations on others. Teachers and professors who consciously or unconsciously expect different competencies from different genders or races not only constrain their own ability to think creatively and originally in the classroom but they do real harm to the ambitions of students.

Today’s Weekly Roundup focuses on two articles from Science that describe programs that work to widen our expectations and images of what a professional in STEMM (science, technology, engineering, math, and medicine) looks like. And for my engineering friend and the record, my daughter earned a computer engineering degree from the University of Michigan and is in the last year of her PhD in computer science at MIT.  

The first article, “Women innovators become STEM ambassadors for girls,” describes an AAAS program called IF/THEN. It focuses on ambassadors who are selected to become high-profile role models for middle-school girls. One goal is to break down narrow exclusionary ideas of what a scientist or engineer looks like and does. When we show that engineers can be dancers and artists and that scientists can be poets and athletes, we allow young people to see greater opportunity for themselves in STEMM.

The second article describes the contributions of Shirley Malcom who has led the Sea (STEMM Equity Achievement) Change Program, which is supported by AAAS and helps academic institutions identify how they can better serve diverse students and faculty. Sea Change grew out of the 2005 Athena SWAN Charter which was developed to promote greater participation of women in science in the United Kingdom. Malcom adapted and broadened this program to include other underrepresented groups.

Today’s feature was shared with us by David Flaspohler. If you have an article you think we should feature, please email it to advance-mtu@mtu.edu and we will consider adding it to the ADVANCE Weekly Roundup.

The ADVANCE Weekly Roundup is brought to you by ADVANCE at Michigan Tech, which is an NSF-funded initiative dedicated to improving faculty career success, retention, diversity, equity, and inclusion. These articles are available on the ADVANCE Newsblog (https://blogs.mtu.edu/advance/). To learn more about this week’s topic, our mission, programming efforts, and to check out our growing collection of resources, contact us at (advance-mtu@mtu.edu) or visit our website: www.mtu.edu/advance.


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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May 15, 2020 ADVANCE Weekly Roundup

Microaggressions, often stemming from implicit bias, may not always be recognized by the aggressor. When microaggressions are not addressed appropriately, they perpetuate, harm individuals, and become increasingly ignored. To prevent this, it is important to know how and when to step up and address microaggressions. This week’s edition of the ADVANCE Weekly Roundup introduces the R.A.V.E.N. framework for responding to microaggressions. Please take the time to read, analyze, and adopt the R.A.V.E.N. framework so you are prepared to address microaggressions and improve our campus climate so that everyone can excel. 

The ADVANCE Weekly Roundup is brought to you by ADVANCE at Michigan Tech, which is an NSF-funded initiative dedicated to improving faculty career success, retention, diversity, equity, and inclusion.  Contact us to learn more about this week’s topic, our mission, programming efforts, or to check out our growing collection of resources. (advance-mtu@mtu.edu, website: www.mtu.edu/advance).