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Office of Diversity Event Calendar
The Impact of Microaggressions on Building Inclusive Environments (May 01, 2018)
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Benedum 102

What does ‘microaggressions’ mean? Many people are unfamiliar with the term but most are aware of what it is, and what it feels like to be on the receiving end: the small and rather subtle well-intentioned behaviors and statements made by others, which reflect an implicit negative bias or perception of a certain individual or group because of their identity. This workshop will create awareness surrounding the common occurrences of microaggresions in learning environments and other contexts. We will discuss how to identify microaggressions and explore how they negatively affect students’ sense of belonging on campus. We will also discuss strategies that students, staff, faculty and administrators can use address and interrupt microaggressive behavior to improve campus climate.

Dr. Robert Brown serves as the Director of Social Justice Education at Northwestern University, where he leads several curricular and co-curricular social justice education initiatives. Prior to joining Northwestern, Rob held professional roles in Residence Life and Multicultural Affairs at Washington University in St. Louis and University of Wisconsin – Madison. Robert has presented and facilitated regionally and nationally on topics related to social justice education, racial justice, inclusive pedagogy, supporting students of color, assessment & evaluation, college men and masculinities, and civic engagement. Rob is an alumnus of the Social Justice Training Institute (SJTI), a past faculty and intern with SJTI, Lead Facilitator with LeaderShape, and has held leadership roles in NASPA and ACPA. Robert holds a BS in Finance and Community Service Studies from DePaul University and MA in Student Affairs Administration from Michigan State University