School’s Out But Microaggression Workshops Are Still In


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School is out for many U.S. colleges and universities, but the institutions are still hosting microaggression workshops over the summer.

While no longer holding classes, schools from Massachusetts to California are still hosting social justice–themed seminars.

“This workshop will examine ways in which microaggressions particularly impact women of all races and ethnicities, faculty and staff of color, and LGBT faculty and staff in academia,” reads the description for “Microresistance: A Powerful Antidote to Microaggression,” a workshop hosted on May 24 at Smith College in Northampton, Mass.

Appalachian State University in Boone, N.C. will host its second “Annual Summer Diversity Inclusion Infusion Institute” on June 5. The institute plans to “infuse inclusionary language into the curriculum” and “to explore bias, microaggression and macroaggression.”

ASU program assistant Crystal Weisner will host the workshop, as well as the Western Carolina University director of the office of equal opportunity and diversity programs Ricardo Nazario-Colon. Nazario-Colon has spent 14 years in higher education receiving degrees and, prior to his appointment at Western Carolina, served as executive director of multicultural programs at the University of Kentucky for a year, director of diversity programs at Western Kentucky University for four years and director of student activities, inclusion and leadership development at Morehead State University for nearly five years. The word “diversity” features 21 times on his LinkedIn resume. (RELATED: Ben Shapiro: Campus ‘Microaggression Mentality’ Invades Colleges [VIDEO])

Humboldt State University in Arcata, Calif. will host part one of a “Microaggressions and Whiteness” workshop on June 12. Part two will be hosted on June 19.

“We will examine how whiteness affects various systems of advantage and what that looks like in our community,” the session ensures interested students.

Rhode Island College advertises a 90-minute webinar on “Microaggressions, Equity, and Inclusion: Lessen the Racial Divide to Create an Inclusive and Civil Campus Community,” hosted on June 5 by PaperClip Communications. The company offers universities a $999 license to share the webinar with students and faculty.

The Daily Caller News Foundation reached out to the facilitators of the workshops for comment but received none in time for press.

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