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Day 8: Interrupting and Addressing Microaggressions

Understanding and addressing microaggressions can be challenging because the realization that we hold biased world views can feel uncomfortable. 

Similar to implicit bias, responding to microaggressions requires awareness and education; it also requires listening, learning, and working to understand the experience of discrimination that others face.


This article offers strategies to respond to microaggressions in a classroom setting. It suggests how to de-escalate and process a situation.

This video by Serilda Summers-McGee explores how to address microaggressions and behaviors that prevent inclusion in the workplace. 

Should you respond to a microaggression by calling someone in or calling someone out? This information sheet by Rebecca Haslam, Ph.D, at Seed the Way: Education for Justice and Equity, explores positionality and relationships as key factors in considering how to respond to a microaggression.

Reflection and Response

How do you feel about interrupting microaggressions? 

When would you call in or call out a microaggression?