DISETalks! - Racial Microaggressions in Higher Education


Education Building Room 233, 3700 rue McTavish, Montreal, QC, H3A 1Y2, CA

About the Talk:

Racial microaggressions refer to subtle and often unintentional verbal, behavioral, and environmental indignities that target racialized minorities. While they often are invisible, especially to the perpetrator, racial microaggressions have harmful and lasting psychological effects.

Building on findings from McGill's Student Diversity Survey (Mendelson, 2011), which called for consultation with students who reported experiences with discrimination, the McGill Diversity & Equity Research Lab conducted focus group discussions with recialized students. Employing qualitative methods, we sought to understand students' experiences with racial microaggressions on campus.


Lisa Spanierman is an Associate Professor in the Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology at McGill University. Her research focuses on white individuals' racial attitudes, developing white racial justice allies, and racial microaggressions that target visible minority and Aboriginal students.