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A thousand paper cuts presentation

  1. 1. A Thousand Paper Cuts: Students of Color Speak on their Experiences in Academia IUSPA Virtual Conference October 21, 2013
  2. 2. Introduction  Why    this topic? Understanding & Recognizing Coping Strategies Exploring the Effects
  3. 3. Agenda  Presenters’ Stories  Hidden Curriculum  Macro/Microaggressions  Discussion  Coping Strategies
  4. 4. Expectations & Ground Rules  Session is recorded  Use anonymity in personal stories  Use “I” statements  Incorporate undergraduate, graduate & professional experiences  Use presentation as conversation starter  Submit questions using chat feature
  5. 5. Presenters’ Stories  Joi: Intersectionality between Race, Class & Gender  Maryann: The Power of Naming  Jonathan: Tokenizing  Diana: Situating Learning in Learner’s own Experience
  6. 6. Hidden Curriculum
  7. 7. Macroaggression : aggressive acts that support larger-scale injustices; more structural level instead of microlevel social level
  8. 8. Microaggression : brief, subtle everyday exchanges that send messages to certain individuals because of their group membership
  9. 9. Microinsult : Communications that convey rudeness & insensitivity and demean a person
  10. 10. Theme Example Ascription of Intelligence “You are a credit to your race.” “You are so articulate, for a person of color.” Sexual Objectification “A male stranger puts his hands on a woman’s hips to pass her by.” Assumption of Abnormality “People who are weird and different are gay.” Second Class Citizenry Person of color mistaken for a service worker. Pathologizing Cultural Values/Communication Styles Asking a Black person: “Why do you have to be so loud/animated? Just calm down.” Assumption of Criminal Status A White man or woman clutching their purse or checking their wallet as a person of color approaches or passes
  11. 11. Microassault : explicit verbal, nonverbal, or environmental attacks intended to hurt the victim through name-calling, avoidant behavior, or purposeful discriminatory actions
  12. 12. Theme Example Racial Slurs Referring to African Americans as “niggers,” Chinese Americans as “chinks,” women as “bitches,” and gays as “fags.” Hanging/Posting of Inflammatory Paraphernalia/Symbols Displaying a Klan Hood, Nazi swastika, noose, or Confederate flag; burning a cross Discouraging interracial interactions “Black and White don’t mix”
  13. 13. Microinvalidation : communications that exclude, negate, or nullify the psychological thoughts, feelings, or experiential reality of a person belonging to a marginalized group
  14. 14. Theme Example Alien in Own Land “Where are you from?” “You speak English very well.” Color, Gender, Sexual Orientation Blindness “When I look at you, I don’t see color.” “There is only one race, the human race.” Myth of Meritocracy “I believe the most qualified person should get the job.” “Men and women have equal opportunities for achievement.” Denial of Individual Racism/Sexism/Heterosexism “I’m not racist. I have several Black friends.” “As an employer, I always treat men and women equally.”
  15. 15. Discussion  Does this resonate with you?  What support or coping strategies have you experienced?
  16. 16. Coping Strategies  Support  Mimimizing  Emotional  Action & Physical Response
  17. 17. References:

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