Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Diversity Specialist to Speak on Racial Microaggressions

Please join us for our first Bruin Talk of the year to discuss:

Recognizing and Reducing Racial Microaggressions on Campus and in Classrooms.

           Sept. 30
          Noon-1 p.m.
          Taylorsville Redwood Campus AAB 235

This presentation is aimed at helping individuals on campus acquire a better understanding of: 
  • What are racial microaggressions
  • How they impact student success
  • How they can lead conversation toward reducing racial microaggressions

We will host Dr. William A. Smith, an associate professor in the Department of Education, Culture & Society and the Ethnic Studies Program at the University of Utah, where he has served as the associate dean for diversity, access and equity in the College of Education as well as the special assistant to the president and NCAA faculty athletics representative.

Dr. Smith is the co-editor (with Philip Altbach and Kofi Lomotey) of the book, "The Racial Crisis in American Higher Education: The Continuing Challenges for the 21st Century" (2002).  His work primarily focuses on his theoretical contribution of racial battle fatigue which is the cumulative emotional, psychological, physiological and behavioral effects that racial microaggressions have on people of color.

Through a 15-minute talk and follow-up dialogue among attendees, the nature of this series is to engage the campus on an array of topics.  It is designed to assist in raising awareness and building the social and intellectual capacity of the Salt Lake Community College community.