Teaching Assistants' Training Program

Centre for Teaching Support & Innovation, 130 St. George Street, Robarts Library, 4th floor

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Identifying and Addressing Microaggressions in the University Classroom

Friday, March 5, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm EST


Friday, March 5, 2021
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm EST


Microaggressions are defined as the “daily, constant, often subtle, and seemingly innocuous, covert and overt negative messages and actions directed toward people from marginalized groups” (Sue, 2010 as cited in Bell, 2016, p. 7). With this framework in mind, this workshop understands the university classroom as one such space where microaggressions may occur. This workshop will explore how to identify and address these microaggressions in pursuit of teaching for social justice and equity and in line with University policies. Using an interactive and co-constructive format, this workshop will present a variety of case studies to be collectively explored among participants. A dialogue-based pedagogical approach will be used for the session to shift away from the traditional lecture-based format of workshops. Through self-reflection and dialoguing, participants will have the opportunity to practice expressing and articulating these concepts with other educators so that they are well-equipped to directly address them in their own teaching experiences or when unexpected microaggressions in the classroom arise.