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Microaggressions are “brief and commonplace daily verbal, behavioral, and environmental indignities, whether intentional or unintentional, that communicate hostile, derogatory, or negative racial, gender, sexual orientation, and religious slights and insults to the target person or group” (Sue, “Racial Microaggressions in Everyday Life”). 

Favorite Texts:

Banaji and Greenwald, Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People

Crandall and Garcia, “’Am I Overreacting?’ Understanding and Combating Microaggressions” 

Delpit, Other People’s Children: Cultural Conflict in the Classroom, Updated Edition

Runyowa, “Microaggressions Matter: They May Not Always Be Ill-Intentioned, but the Slights Illuminate Deeper Problems in America” 


The following presentations were designed for professional development at Washington State University. For information on how to use these materials, please contact us.

Triana, “Small Groups and/as Microaggressions”

Plemons, Microaggressions with Faculty Presentation 

Velasco, “Classroom Management and Microaggressions”

Velasco, “Peer Review and Microaggressions”


Buzzfeed, “Microaggressions You Hear on a Daily Basis”

Sue, “Microaggressions in Everyday Life” 

The New York Times, “Racial Microaggressions: Comments That Sting”