MICROAGGRESSIONS: The New Face of Bigotry

Wednesday, March 27, 11 am to 1 pm
Millett Hall Atrium
Current Students
The public

Rescheduled Black History Month Event

Dr. Rodney Coates

Professor of Sociology, African American Studies, & Gerontology; Coordinator of Black World Studies at Miami University, Oxford, Ohio

Microaggressions are interactions that look fine on the surface, but underneath carry a whiff of discrimination, disparagement, or exclusion. At best, they leave an individual wondering if they’ve imagining a slight, or if it’s real and based on being part of a marginalized group. On the university campus, the cumulative effects of microaggressions can affect students’ performance, or even their mental and physical health. More subtle than outright racism, microaggressions are nonetheless harmful and are regarded by some scholars to be the “new face of bigotry.”

Dr. Rodney D. Coats is professor of sociology, African American studies, and Gerontology, and coordinator of Black World Studies at Miami University, Oxford, Ohio. Along with coauthors Abby L. Ferber and David L. Brunsma, Dr. Coates co-wrote The Matrix of Race: Social Construction, Intersectionality, and Inequality, which explores contemporary ways of examining race, ethnicity, and intergroup relations. Race is embedded within other statuses, such as gender, social class, and sexuality. We are all active agents in upholding, reproducing, or resisting constructions of race. According to Coates, the classroom is the crucible where all the elements in the matrix of race come together and provide space for discovery, interrogation, experimentation, and creativity.

The Microaggressions lecture is sponsored by:

  • WSU Chief Diversity Officer
  • Arabic Program
  • Office of Latinx, Asian, and Native American Affairs
  • Bolinga Black Cultural Resources Center
  • Sociology/Anthropology
  • Women’s Center
  • Office of LGBTQA Affairs

View the front section and chapter one of The Matrix of Race.

For information, contact
Nycia Lattimore
Assistant Director, Bolinga Black Cultural Resources Center

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