Microaggressions and Racial Stress: Reducing Harmful Interactions

Strengthening racial literacy skills is one of the most effective ways to reduce harmful interactions and to turn a racially stressful conversation into an act of education and improvement. In what situations does a simple question like “Where do you come from?”—seemingly posed out of curiosity—become experienced as a microaggression? Studies reveal that the aftermath of these interactions correlates with depressive symptoms and negative effects in communities of color. In this course, we will look at tools and methodologies to fight implicit bias and ways to commit to change both as individuals and as part of an organization. Participants will learn to assess self-talk in their interactions with others, identify and reduce moments of racial stress, and learn to communicate effectively. Following this three-way path—engaging in cognitive work to improve racial literacy, assessing emotional stress, and outlining a set of actions to provoke social change—participants will reflect critically on their personal experiences. They also will share case studies close to their working environment in order to move toward a healthy and constructive dialogue with others.

Questions? Contact us at The Center for Applied Liberal Arts (CALA). Email sps.cala@nyu.edu or call 212-998-7272.

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You'll Walk Away with

  • An understanding of how implicit bias and microaggressions work and what impact they have
  • The ability to communicate effectively and mindfully with others

Ideal for

  • Educators and trainers
  • All members of the community, regardless of educational or professional status
NO open sections available for this course at the moment. Please check back next semester.