For the third year in a row now I have been honored to be the closing keynote speaker at the Annual Multicultural Curriculum Transformation and Research Institute held at Texas State University at San Marcos. The institute highlights multicultural curriculum transformation theory and practice. It focuses on best practices for broadening and enriching the curriculum by re-envisioning goals, content, teaching strategies, assessment, and classroom interactions with a multicultural lens. Representative faculty from all of the colleges have now attended and have given the experience high marks. This one-week session has had high success in engaging faculty from all disciplines. The institute was created by Dr. Sandra Mayo and is now headed by Dr. Audwin Anderson.
The Anti-Defamation League publishes incredibly useful and professional educational materials. This unit on Microagressions is particularly helpful.
MICROAGRESSIONS IN OUR LIVES
“Microaggression” is a term that was coined in the 1970s and more recently used by Derald Wing Sue, a
Columbia University professor, to describe the “brief and commonplace verbal, behavioral or
environmental indignities—whether intentional or unintentional—which communicate hostile,
derogatory, or negative slights and insults to people from marginalized groups.” This lesson provides an
opportunity for students to explore what microaggressions are, how they have experienced them and what
can be done to counteract them.
Grade Level: grades 9–12
Common Core Anchor Standards: Reading, Writing, Language
? Students will learn what microaggressions are and how they occur in our everyday lives
? Students will reflect on ways they have experienced microaggressions in their lives
? Students will explore ways to counteract microaggressions on an individual and society level
? Students will articulate (in writing) whether they believe it is useful or not to define and identify
Material: Microaggressions Definition; Microaggressions in Everyday Life video at
www.youtube.com/watch?v=BJL2P0JsAS4 (2010, 4½ mins. Derald Wing Sue); Visualizing Microaggressions
Photos 1–6; Underlying Assumptions of Microaggressions Chart; “Acts of Aggression” (StarTribune, December
10, 2007, www.startribune.com/lifestyle/12307851.html); Persuasive Essay Organizer; projector/screen