Thursday, September 17, 2015

Microaggressions Webinar, 9/30, 1:00 - 2:30

The EVC Diversity & Inclusion Cabinet and the Office of International Programs will sponsor a webinar event on September 30.  A recording will be available if you are unable to participate that day.  For more information, contact Kimberly Connelly, 588-1480 or

Microaggressions:  A campus climate conversation 

with Maura Cullen

September 30, 1:00- 2:30 CST

Rieke Auditorium, 

ITV to Wichita  Santa Fe Room and Salina Room 210

Join us for this conversation with leading diversity expert, Maura Cullen, as she provides insight and suggestions for assessing and improving your campus climate. In a year that has seen tremendous upheaval, on campuses and in communities at large, it’s critical to consider the role and responsibility you have in creating a safe and secure campus environment for your students and staff.

    “It’s not a big deal.” We often hear that after an insensitive comment is made. But what happens when that comment is indicative of an undercurrent of racism or other social tension on campus? An environment where some of your students feel invisible or unsafe? “IT” is a big deal. These “microaggressions” create a larger divide and have a cumulative impact, leaving students feeling unheard, unsafe and unwelcome.

    As they reach their tipping points, students are becoming more and more active in confronting these acts. They turn to your professional staff of color, especially those in position of providing extensive care and advisement — sometimes to their own detriment. They begin to feel underappreciated and burnt out in the face of upheaval. At the same time, staff members of dominant identities are beginning to feel that potential pitfalls and land mines are inevitable, leaving them at a loss for how to best support their colleagues and students with target identities.

    Maura will discuss communication traps and how to avoid them, as well as what tools to use in their place. This webinar will include an extended Q&A, where Maura will engage in open-ended dialogue designed to get at the heart of how institutions can maintain a community of respect and open dialogue, in spite of today’s challenging social climate and growing tensions.

Participation Outcomes
Participants will take away:
  • Strategies for creating a more inclusive and socially just community — this looks very different than it did years ago.
  • Ways to confront non-inclusive behaviors appropriately, so the situation doesn't escalate thus leaving all parties feeling unsafe and your institutional mission compromised.
  • Tools for identifying personal bias and stereotypes — and what to do about it.
  • The ability to recognize intersectionality and how it impacts the personal identity dynamic.
Common ground for conversation with your professional staff and faculty, so you can work together to assess your campus climate and put action steps in place for addressing issues in 2015-16 — are any of your policies or practices unintentionally sending messages that may make marginalized groups feel unsafe or unsupported?