Since 2004, the Cultural Center has organized an annual ASK for Social Justice program for the campus community. The purpose is to host a program that explores essential Attitudes, Skills, and Knowledge for promoting social justice.
"Ouch! Oops...Snap! ASK 2014 Takes on Microaggressions"
February 21 and 22
"Bias, prejudice, and discrimination in North America have undergone a transformation from being overt, deliberate, and conscious to becoming increasingly covert and hidden. In the case of racism, its manifestation has been found to be more disguised and covert rather than overtly expressed in the form of racial hatred and bigotry. While hate crimes and racial, gender, and sexual orientation harassment continue to be committed by overt racists, sexists, and homophobes, the greatest harm come from unintentional perpetrators who are strongly motivated by egalitarian values, believe in their own morality, and experience themselves as fair-minded and decent people who would never consciously discriminate.
The concept of “microaggressions” seems best to describe modern forms of racism, sexism, and heterosexism. Microaggressions are brief, everyday exchanges that send denigrating messages to certain individuals because of their group membership. They are reflections of a worldview of superiority/inferiority, inclusion/exclusion, and normality/abnormality. Microaggressions are subtle insults, put-downs, and invalidations (verbal, nonverbal, and/or visual) directed toward socially devalued groups, often automatically and unconsciously. Although seemingly innocuous, innocent, and harmless, microaggressions have been shown to impair performance in education, employment, and health care and to affect the psychological well-being of targets. (Derald Wing Sue, Ph.D.)"
Deadline for registration is February 16.
Hampshire College Registration click here: https://intranet.hampshire.edu/forms/viewForm.php?id=962
Five College Registration click here: https://intranet.hampshire.edu/forms/viewForm.php?id=1349
February 21 Lecture:
"Microaggressions in Higher Education: Manifestation, Dynamics, and Impact"
Derald Wing Sue, Ph.D.; Teachers College, Columbia University
The talk on microaggressions will describe the manifestation, dynamics, and impact of microaggressions in higher education. It will also explore what we can do to minimize or eradicate microaggressions through remedial and preventive actions. Dr. Sue's keynote address will be on February 21 from 3:30-5:30 p.m. in the main lecture hall of Franklin Patterson Hall. The lecture is free and you do not have to attend the conference, but we highly encourage it.
This year's conference will offer three tracks for participants. The conference will be located in Franklin Patterson Hall.
Track A: “Breaking Ground to Understand MicroAggressions”
Click here to view Track A workshop descriptions and facilitator bios.
If you’re just starting out, or if you have some experience with microaggressions but would like to be refreshed on the basics, then this track is for you. This track will cover the fundamentals of microaggressions, which will include an introduction to the subject matter and related concepts, and skill building for preventing and intervening microaggressive behavior. You’ll gain confidence as you persevere in unlearning your biases and privilege while learning knowledge and skills.
Track B: “Strengthening Your Foundation”
Click here to view Track B workshop descriptions and facilitator bios.
This track is for those who are aware of the impact of their biases and privilege, who can easily identify most microaggressive behaviors and who want to utilize their working knowledge of microaggressions to further explore nuances and intersections. Over the course of this track you will begin to take the next steps in cultivating your toolkit for dismantling microaggressions. You’ll build upon your established knowledge base to enhance your skills so you can continue to broaden your self-awareness and to optimize your impact interpersonally.
Track C: “Getting through It All: Resilience and Self-Care”
Click here to view Track C workshop descriptions and facilitator bios.
Have microaggressions taken up too much emotional and physical space throughout your life? Then this track is for you. Resilience is a capability we all possess. It is what connects us back to ourselves and keeps us going after being faced with challenges. Be with peers and facilitators to brainstorm creative ideas to respond constructively to microagressions. Participants will discuss resilience and will identify coping strategies, tools, and connections that support individual and community growth and empowerment.
ASK Conference Sponsors:
Hampshire College Sponsors: Alumni Relations, Anti-Racism Fund, CLA, CLPP, Community Advocacy, CSI, Cultural Center, Dakin House, Dean of Students, Enfield House, Fundcom, Greenwich House, GEO, HACU, Interdisiplinary Arts, Merrill House, New Student Programs, Office of Diversity and Multicultural Education, PopDev, Prescott House, Residence Life, Wellness Center
Five College Sponsors: Multicultural Resource Center at Amherst College, Residence Life Social Justice Committee at Smith College, Weissman Center for Leadership at Mount Holyoke College.
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