This page is a resource for anyone who has experienced microaggression or witnessed the microaggression of others. While this is not a comprehensive information page, it has various tools you can use to cope with and combat microaggressions.
Counseling & Psychological Service (CAPS) invites anyone who wants to process lived experiences or further discuss the topic of microaggressions to setup an appointment and come talk to one of our many helpful counselors.
Microaggressions: brief, subtle, negative and invalidating messages, whether intentional or unintentional, that are directed on a regular basis to people in minoritized groups based on race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, documentation/citizenship status, ability, religion, etc.
Microaggressions are a form of discrimination, and their impact is real.
Types of Microaggressions
Microinsults - Convey insensitivity, are rude, or demean an individual’s identity or heritage.
Microinvalidations - Exclude, negate, or nullify an individuals’ thoughts or feelings.
Microassaults – Discriminate in an overt form. Actors deliberately behave in discriminatory ways, but they contend their intention is not to offend others and think their actions are not noticed or harmful.
(Sue, Capodilupo, & Holder, 2008).