The University of Michigan-Flint has launched a website where "students who experience any form of bias or micro-aggressions whatsoever" can tattle on members of their community.
In a campus-wide email sent Tuesday afternoon (and shared with the Washington Examiner), UM-Flint staff announced the new website and encouraged students, faculty and staff to begin reporting. They can even do so anonymously. -Ashe Schow
The University of New Hampshire, which previously caused controversy after publishing a language guide claiming the word “American” was “problematic,” is now claiming that gender microaggressions are causing poverty and heart disease among women.
“It’s troubling when any institution tries to squelch debate or discourage controversial ideas…,” the Times’s editorial board wrote. “Yet that’s exactly what’s happening thanks to heavy-handed sensitivity training about so-called microaggressions.”
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Academia may have found yet another source of microaggression: wood paneling. According to one activist close to the University of Michigan, the walls of the historic Michigan Union building are “marginalizing” minority students, The College Fix reports... “minority students felt marginalized by quiet, imposing masculine paneling” that covers the walls in the century-old building.
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Students who avoid making eye contact with their peers could be guilty of racism, according to Oxford University’s latest guidance. The university’s Equality and Diversity Unit has advised students that “not speaking directly to people” could be deemed a “racial microaggression” which can lead to “mental ill-health”.
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Microaggression intervention at Illinois State University (ISU) all about stopping microaggressions at the source, before they can lead to a full-fledged insult. The College Fix reports that ISU is unveiling its “bystander training program on microaggressions” that will begin “later this year,” possibly in time for the fall/winter session.
The need for more “safe spaces” was also a consistent complaint. In a special microaggression session just for faculty members at ISU, one professor from the school of social work confessed to reading a student’s course assessment that revealed she was “drowning in a sea of whiteness.”
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So-called “Diversity Educators” are suffering from burnout due to the “emotional weight” of their jobs, according to a recent academic journal article published this week in the Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice.
The study, written by University of North Carolina-Charlotte professor Ryan Miller and six colleagues from the University of North Texas, interviewed seven interviewed diversity educators from a “predominantly white research institution” who claim that they suffer from “compassion fatigue,” “burnout,” and “racial battle fatigue” in their efforts to combat microaggressions on campus.
According to Miller, the burnout is caused by the diversity educators’ “consistent exposure to various microaggressions” from students who don’t see things their way. He notes that these microaggressions have been conceptualized by some scholars “as forms of assault and torture.”