Available Until 3/9/2023

Disrupting Microaggressions in the API Community: Effective Responses And Actions*

For more information or to schedule this course, please contact Alanna Aiko Moore at aamoore@ucsd.edu . 

Microaggressions and the API Community: Microaggressions are subtle, denigrating messages delivered to people from marginalized groups, oftentimes by well-meaning people who are unaware of the underlying messages they are sending.  For instance, people from the Asian Pacific Islander (API) community are often asked “Where are you from? No, really, where were you born?” or told, “You speak such good English.” These statements imply that members of the API community are perpetual foreigners and are not “true” Americans. These everyday insults, slights, and indignities can result in negative emotional, psychological, and physical outcomes. This webinar will define microaggressions, and cover both racial microaggressions and microaggressions toward LGBTQ folks.  Special attention will be paid to the everyday prejudice and discrimination faced by API folks in the current climate of “othering” immigrants, and strategies for interrupting microaggressions will be shared.

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Learning Objectives

  • Participants will be able to define microaggressions and understand the forms, effects and consequences. 
  • Participants will examine how microaggressions affect members of the Asian Pacific Islander community and be able to identify them when they see or hear them.
  • Participants will learn strategies for interrupting microaggressions as a perpetrator, bystander and a target.
  • Participants will be able to strategize ways to respond to microaggressions in order to create more socially just organizations and positive workplace environments for all employees and patrons.


Virtual Webinar of Presentation on Microaggressions: 11 am PST - 12pm PST

Introduction, Land Acknowledgement, Agreements, Learning Objectives: 11 - 11:05

Defining Microaggressions: 11:05 - 11:10 

Experiences & Consequences of Microaggressions: 11:10 - 11: 15

Microaggressions specific to API community: 11:15 - 11:20 

Interrupting Microaggressions: 11:20 - 11:30

Examples of Common Microaggressions: 11:30 - 11:40

Microinterventions, Reflections, and Actions: 11:40 - 11:45

Q&A: 11:45 - 12:00 

MLA CE Credits: 1.0