Microaggressions & Academic Libraries

Purpose:

Academic Librarians aspire to facilitate partnerships with Teaching Faculty. However, many express dissatisfaction about mistreatment by some Teaching Faculty. Such treatment could be construed as microaggressive. The aim of this website is to share and disseminate data and information related to the topic of microaggressions in Academic Libraries. The overarching goal of our research is to encourage the empowerment of Academic Librarians in an effort to foster social justice, as well as increase collaboration and dialogue with Teaching Faculty.

Microaggression Defined:

Microaggressions are common and casual verbal, nonverbal, and environmental slights, snubs, or insults, either intentional or unintentional, that communicate hostile, derogatory, or negative messages to target persons based solely upon marginalized group membership. What differentiates microaggressions from overt and deliberate acts of discrimination, is that the people perpetrating microaggressions often intend no offense or are unaware they are causing harm (Wing Sue, 2010).

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