Microaggression Development and Understanding

What is Microaggression?

Microaggressions are the everyday verbal, nonverbal, and environmental slights, snubs, or insults, whether intentional or unintentional, that communicate hostile, derogatory, or negative messages to target persons based solely upon their marginalized group membership.
— Excerpted from Diversity in the Classroom, UCLA DiversityDiversity Differences among people with respect to age, socio-economic status, ethnicity, gender, physical and mental ability, race, sexual orientation, spiritual practices, and other human differences (Deen, Huskey & Parker, 2015). and Faculty Development

The first step in addressing microaggressions is to recognize when a microaggression has occurred and what message it may be sending.

Other Important Resources on Microaggression Development and Understanding:


Garibay, J. C. (2014). Diversity in the classroom. UCLA Diversity & Faculty Development. p. 10-13. Retrieved from https://equity.ucla.edu/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/DiversityintheClassroom2014Web.pdf