Microaggressions are subtle, denigrating messages delivered to members of marginalized groups, and they can negatively affect an organization’s culture. Experiences of microaggressions can lead individuals to feel increasingly dissatisfied with their jobs, which may result in their physical or psychological departures from their organizations. The presenters will define microaggressions, cover racial microaggressions and microaggressions toward LGBT people, and discuss how this affects librarians and the potential implications for the future of the profession.
In this session participants will learn how to:
1. Define racial and LGBT microaggressions in order to understand this concept and their potential effects on the profession.
2. Describe the manifestations of microaggressions in order to recognize when participants or their colleagues may be experiencing these phenomena.
3. Identify strategies for addressing microaggressions in order to propose solutions to improve the climate at participants institutions.
Am I alone in thinking that most of the very people who need to hear about microagressions are very unlikely to pay $199 or $239 for their library to hear about?
This would be a good workshop for ALA to subsidize the cost of so it can be offered free. Lack of diversity in library staff is a big issue and diversity is a state core value of ALA. Holding expensive workshops on the issue isn’t helping.