Microaggression Development and Understanding

APLU takes seriously our leadership responsibility to provide equal access and equal opportunity through the development of policies and initiatives that foster academic excellence, diversity and inclusion.

— M. Peter McPherson, President, Association of Public Land Grant Universities, March 24, 2010

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 Diversity and Faculty Development

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



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