The following email was sent to faculty, students, and staff by Assistant Dean and Director of Leadership and Community Development Vanessa Christman on Thursday, February 20.
Dear Members of the Bryn Mawr Community,
The “Recognizing and Responding to Microaggressions” Diversity Conversation originally scheduled for 2/13 (a bad weather day) has been rescheduled for Thursday, February 27th from 12-1:30 PM.
Diversity Conversation: “Recognizing and Responding to Microaggressions”
Date: Thursday, February 27th
Time: 12:00-1:30 PM
Place: Aelwyd, Cambrian Row
Bryn Mawr College students, staff and faculty are welcome. Those of you who originally signed up–we have your RSVPs, and there is no need to respond anew. But if you had not yet responded and want to attend, RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday 2/24 to help us have an accurate count for lunch.
A little context for the conversation:
Microaggressions are the brief and everyday slights, insults, indignities and denigrating messages sent to historically targeted or oppressed individuals or groups, often by well-intentioned people who are unaware of the hidden messages being communicated. These messages may be sent verbally or nonverbally or environmentally. Such communications are usually outside the level of conscious awareness of perpetrators, although some microaggressions may be committed consciously and intentionally.