Racial Microaggressions at (K-12) Schools


Identifying and Responding to Racial Microaggressions at (K-12)  Schools
Joseph Williams, Ph.D.

Racial microaggressions can be defined as daily verbal, behavioral or environmental messages (whether intentional or unintentional) that communicate that a person’s racial identity or heritage is less valued or perceived negatively. New research shows that students of color regularly experience racial microaggressions at school from friends, classmates, teachers, and school administrators. These everyday occurrences may on the surface appear quite harmless or trivial, but research indicates they have a powerful impact upon the behavior and academic performance of students of color. This interactive workshop will help school personnel learn how to recognize and respond to racial microaggressions at school and in everyday situations.