College campuses serve many purposes, including the creation and maintenance of multicultural
and brave spaces for action and dialogue around social justice. Unfortunately, incidents such as
the ones that occurred at Yale University, and the University of Missouri disrupt that idea. In
response to these growing social justice issues, the Residence Halls Association (RHA) has
launched its Microaggression Macroimpact campaign.
This website is a resource for you and your organizations to get information on the impact microaggressions have, as well as on campaign events and other campus resources. Together we can work together to create more inclusive and aware campus. We look forward to working with you all!
Residence Halls Association
The primarily student-run initiative will focus to educate the campus community on microaggressions, and encourage our fellow Spartans to create events, discussions, and initiatives on the impact our words have on one another. The photo campaign will highlight the faces and stories of students who deal with exclusion and prejudice on a daily basis. Other aspects also include events, speakers, diversity training, and student led committees.
Our voices often go unheard and our experiences are devalued, this project is our way of
speaking back, of claiming this campus, of standing up to say: We are here. This place is ours.
Students, staff, and faculty will come together to raise awareness of the impact of language on people at Michigan State through a series of photoshoots. All of us use words that can harm or alienate others. This occurs in classrooms, residence halls, student organizations, and social gatherings. While the intent may not be to do harm to another person, the impact adds up.
Take the time to understand the power of your words. What do your statements really say? What about statements such as these:
“That’s so gay”
“You’re pretty for a black girl”
“You’re dumb for an Asian”
“I always wanted a gay sassy friend”
“This building looks ghetto”
These statements intend to be compliments but can work against building a just campus environment and perpetuate violence against people of color, women, queer and transgender people, people with disabilities, and other marginalized communities.
Microaggressions are everyday encounters of subtle discrimination that people of various marginalized groups experience throughout their lives.
Microaggression manifestations can be from enduring institutional and systemic, imbalances of
privilege and power, an often committed unknowingly by well-intended people.
Subtle, stunning, often automatic, and nonverbal exchanges which are ‘put downs’ of people of color by offenders, often automatically or unconsciously or unintended.
Microaggressions can occur to someone with more than one marginalized identity; one can be simultaneously be privileged or oppressed
Mental Health Effects
Many say that “you’re making a big deal out of nothing”, but it is a big deal and it goes deeper
than just words. Victims of microaggressions often feel unsafe and not included. It causes
significant long-term harm. Victims are affected physically, mentally, emotionally, and
Microaggressions can contribute to serious anxiety and depression to victims. It’s not good for the perpetrators either, causing guilt, anxiety, and depression to those labeled as bullies and someone who is acknowledging the problem.
http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2015/09/microaggressions-matter/406090/?utm_source=SFFB http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2013/03/how-racism-is-bad-for-our-bodies/273911/ https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/microaggressions-in-everyday-life/201010/racial-microaggressions-in-everyday-life http://psychologybenefits.org/2013/07/31/is-it-you-or-is-it-racist-the-insidious-impact-of-microaggressions-on-mental-health/
The first step in taking action against injustice in your communities is to increase your awareness of the issue. If there is a topic that you are not familiar with then ask questions, learn, and engage others in conversation. The first step to acknowledging there is a problem is by understanding the history and impact of language. This is important to creating a brave and just campus. Change starts with you. Check your language and the environment around you. How often are you using terms (intentionally or unintentionally) that could be harmful or triggering to people of marginalized identities? Ask yourself how often you encounter people that use the same language either in face to face conversations, social media, residence halls, and class rooms. What can you do to help?
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