University: Microaggressions ‘May Impact Suicide Risk’

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A California university suggested that microaggressions “may impact suicide risk for the LGBTQ+ community” and plans to host three workshops to educate the public about the issue.

California State University, Channel Islands, hosted a two events yesterday: a Microaggressions and the LGBTQ+ Community Discussion and an Introductory Microaggressions Workshop. 

“Through discussion and experiential activities we will examine how microaggressions may impact suicide risk for the LGBTQ+ community,” reads the first event description.

“Microaggressions are subtle but offensive comments/actions toward a minority or other non-dominant group, which are often unintentional or unconsciously reinforce a stereotype,” says the introductory workshop’s description.

The California State University, Channel Islands, webpage states that microaggressions can be aimed at sexual orientation, gender, ability, and religion — among others — but the Intercultural Services Department would be focusing on racial microaggressions.

“In these workshops, we will identify common examples of racial microaggressions, discuss why they are so prevalent, and brainstorm what can be done to address microaggressions in our personal lives.”

The Intercultural Services Department at Channel Islands strives to educate students about equality and diversity. The department wants “to foster an environment that is emotionally, mentally, physically, and spiritually safe and beneficial to all areas of student life and development,” according to its literature. 

The Daily Caller News Foundation reached out to the Intercultural Services Department at the Channel Islands campus, but have received no comment as of publication.

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