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EPIP Webinar - Microaggressions' Effect on You: Set Your Healing and Self Care Toolbox

with Lupita Gonzalez, MS, CPC

January 20, 2016

How many microaggressions are you exposed to monthly? Weekly? Daily? If only we could avoid them all together! We live in an oppressive society that conditions our biases that perpetrate this behavior. Over time, we experience accumulated microaggressions as trauma. Most of us have been at the receiving end, and sometimes in the giving end. Learn how the brain receives microaggressions, and the effects they take on us. Identify your very own, new coping mechanisms that can heal and shield you.

EPIP Webinar - Microaggressions' Effect on You: Set Your Healing and Self Care Toolbox

with Lupita Gonzalez, MS, CPC

January 20, 2016

How many microaggressions are you exposed to monthly? Weekly? Daily? If only we could avoid them all together! We live in an oppressive society that conditions our biases that perpetrate this behavior. Over time, we experience accumulated microaggressions as trauma. Most of us have been at the receiving end, and sometimes in the giving end. Learn how the brain receives microaggressions, and the effects they take on us. Identify your very own, new coping mechanisms that can heal and shield you.

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EPIP and Lupita Gonzalez Microaggressions Webinar

  1. 1. MICROAGRESSIONS’ EFFECT ON YOU & SELF CARE TOOLBOX EPIP Webinar January 20, 2016 EPIP Host: Biz Ghormley Presenters: Lupita González
  2. 2. 2 Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy (EPIP) is a national network of foundation professionals, social entrepreneurs and other change makers who strive for excellence in the practice of philanthropy.
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  4. 4. Get in touch! Please reach out with any questions or to learn more about membership! Biz Ghormley biz@epip.org Membership & Operations Manager
  5. 5. What’s Next? • Next EPIP Webinar! • Special Edition: Goal Setting for Visionaries on Wednesday, January 28, 3pm ET • Improve your Negotiation Skills with Ask For It on Wednesday, February 3, 3pm ET • All Events • epip.org/events
  6. 6. Housekeeping •  Use the question box for •  Technical difficulties •  Comments •  Content questions for Q&A •  Use #EPIPwebinar to join the conversation on social media •  This webinar will be recorded •  Complete the post-webinar survey, please!
  7. 7. Speaker Lupita González, MS, CPC
  8. 8. MICROAGGRESSIONS’ EFFECT ON YOU Set Your Healing and Self Care Toolbox © Lupita González
  9. 9. © Lupita González
  10. 10. Lupita’s 3 Main Specialties 1. EQUITY & INCLUSION Inclusion Auditing Board Diversification Anti Oppression Training Equitable Internal Systems Multicultural Coaching 2. LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT EXECUTIVE COACHING TEAM EFFECTIVENESS BOARD DEVELOPMENT TALENT DEVELOPMENT 3 ORGANIZATIONAL DEVELOPMENT Organizational Assessment Strategic Planning Change Management Succession Planning © Lupita González
  11. 11. Setting the Context © Lupita González
  12. 12. Who’s on the Call? Identity & Intersectionality !  Social Identities regarding: "  Race "  Gender "  Ethnicity "  Sexual Orientation "  Gender Identity "  Ability "  Age "  Religion © Lupita González
  13. 13. Overview !  Defining Microaggression !  The State of Microaggressions in the U.S. !  The Effects of Microaggressions !  Tools to Heal and Shield !  Microaggression Interventions !  Q&A © Lupita González
  14. 14. History of “Microaggression,” the Term !  Insults and dismissals by non African Americans toward African Americans 1970, Harvard University Professor Chester Pierce !  Similar insults directed at women 1973, MIT Economist Mary Rowe !  Casual degradation of any socially marginalized group present day !  “The new face of racism” !  2007, Sue, Bucceri, Lin, Nadal, and Torino (social scientists) Sources: Derald Wing Sue (2010). Microaggressions in Everyday Life: Race, Gender, and Sexual Orientation. Wiley.pp xvi Sue, D., et al. (2007). Racial Microaggressions in Everyday Life: Implications for Clinical Practice. American Psychologist, 62(4) 271-286. © Lupita González
  15. 15. Microaggressions © Lupita González
  16. 16. Microaggressions Explained Position the dominant culture as normal and the other group as not. © Lupita González
  17. 17. Three Kinds of Microaggressions !  Microassault – verbal attack, name calling, avoidant behavior or purposeful discriminatory actions !  Microinsult – an unconscious insult demeaning a marginalized person’s heritage or identity !  Microinvalidation – communications that exclude, negate, or nullify a marginalized person’s thoughts, feelings or experiential reality © Lupita González
  18. 18. Microassault Examples “Oh, Mami, I’d like to tap that!” Being followed by a harasser for blocks, and blocks. “You’re a f**king lesbian?! What a damn shame, bi**ch!” *Explicit, conscious and deliberate © Lupita González
  19. 19. Three Kinds of Microaggressions #  Microassault – verbal attack, name calling, avoidant behavior or purposeful discriminatory actions !  Microinsult – an unconscious insult demeaning a marginalized person’s heritage or identity !  Microinvalidation – communications that exclude, negate, or nullify a marginalized person’s thoughts, feelings or experiential reality © Lupita González
  20. 20. Microinsults Microinsults are commonly subtle, ambiguous, and are presented as compliments. Don’t FEEL like compliments at all. “Sometimes I think I’m making things up!” – Juan, on experiencing microaggressions © Lupita González
  21. 21. Microinsults Examples “You’re Mexican?! But you seem so… educated and American!” “You’re Mexican?! But you don’t look Mexican! You’re beautiful!” © Lupita González
  22. 22. Three Kinds of Microaggressions #  Microassault – verbal attack, name calling, avoidant behavior or purposeful discriminatory actions #  Microinsult – an unconscious insult demeaning a marginalized person’s heritage or identity !  Microinvalidation – communications that exclude, negate, or nullify a marginalized person’s thoughts, feelings or experiential reality © Lupita González
  23. 23. Microinvalidations Examples Situations when you are in a board room, and your comments go unheard. When colleagues of dominant culture take your ideas, work or IP, and get all the credit. “Nice to meet you. What’s your name?” he said. “Lupita,” I said. He said, “Oh. (pause) How bout I just call you Libby?” © Lupita González
  24. 24. Three Kinds of Microaggressions #  Microassault – verbal attack, name calling, avoidant behavior or purposeful discriminatory actions #  Microinsult – an unconscious insult demeaning a marginalized person’s heritage or identity #  Microinvalidation – communications that exclude, negate, or nullify a marginalized person’s thoughts, feelings or experiential reality © Lupita González
  25. 25. “Microaggressable” themes: !  Sexual objectification !  Dehumanization !  Second-class citizenship !  Racist and/or Sexist language !  Assumptions of inferiority !  Denial of sexism and/or racism !  Traditional gender role assumptions or racial stereotypes !  Social invisibility !  Denial of individual sexism and/or racism !  Sexist and/or racist jokes © Lupita González
  26. 26. Identity & Intersectionality !  Social Identities regarding: "  Race "  Gender "  Ethnicity "  Sexual Orientation "  Gender Identity "  Ability "  Age "  Religion *The more marginalized groups you identify with or are a part of is proportional to number and kinds of microaggressions for which you’ll be targeted. © Lupita González
  27. 27. Microaggressions in the Media “When we’re talking about diversity, you do it in the casting of the film, not in the casting of the show.” – Matt Damon speaking over Effie Brown, Project Greenlight “Who gave this guy his green card!” – Sean Penn awarding González Iñárritu, 2015 Oscars “The first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice looking guy.” – Joe Biden of Barack Obama, 2008 presidential elections © Lupita González
  28. 28. Overview #  Defining Microaggression !  The State of Microaggressions in the U.S. !  The Effects of Microaggressions !  Tools to Heal and Shield !  Microaggression Interventions !  Q&A © Lupita González
  29. 29. The State of Microaggressions in the U.S. Number of People Counted in the Last U.S. Census: 322,851,770 Avg of 10 microaggressions monthly = 3,228,517,700 0 500,000,000 1,000,000,000 1,500,000,000 2,000,000,000 2,500,000,000 3,000,000,000 3,500,000,000 January People Microaggressions © Lupita González
  30. 30. Overview #  Defining Microaggression #  Microaggressions in the U.S. !  The Effects of Microaggressions !  Tools to Heal and Shield !  Microaggression Interventions !  Q&A © Lupita González
  31. 31. Effects of Microaggressions on the Recipient !  Immediate Effect "  Anger "  Frustration "  Exhaustion Source: Sue, D., Capodilupo, C.M., & Holder, A.M.B. (2008) Racial microaggressions in the life experience of black Americans. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 39, 329-336. © Lupita González
  32. 32. Social Pain & Physical Pain Source: Eisenberger et al, 2003, Science; Eisenberger et al., 2004© Lupita González
  33. 33. Social Pain & Physical Pain © Lupita González
  34. 34. What is the Cost of Microaggressions to the Giver? © Lupita González
  35. 35. Effects of Microaggressions on the Recipient !  Cumulative Effect " Diminished Self Confidence " Poor Self Image " Depression " Anxiety " Trauma Source: Sue, D., Capodilupo, C.M., & Holder, A.M.B. (2008) Racial microaggressions in the life experience of black Americans. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 39, 329-336.© Lupita González
  36. 36. The State of Microaggressions in the U.S. a.k.a Estimate of Trauma Production by MAs, U.S. Number of People Counted in the Last U.S. Census: 322,851,770 Avg of 10 microaggressions monthly = 3,228,517,700 0 500,000,000 1,000,000,000 1,500,000,000 2,000,000,000 2,500,000,000 3,000,000,000 3,500,000,000 January People Microaggressions © Lupita González
  37. 37. Overview #  Defining Microaggression #  The State of Microaggressions in the U.S. #  The Effects of Microaggressions !  Tools to Heal and Shield !  Microaggression Interventions !  Q&A © Lupita González
  38. 38. Tools to Heal and Shield Self – Step 1 Acknowledge that the microaggression happened! Trust your intuition. If you feel uncomfortable or hurt. You’re uncomfortable. You’re hurt. Trust Your Body Intelligence. You’re not crazy or making things up! ☺ © Lupita González
  39. 39. Tools to Heal and Shield Self – Step 2 “You Are Powerful. It is not what happens to you but what you do with it.” Obstacles … Creativity Suffering … Empathy Setbacks … Wisdom Trauma … Post Traumatic Growth Source: Norman Rosenthal, Gifts of Adversity.© Lupita González
  40. 40. Tools to Heal and Shield Self - Step 3 !  Preserve Your Spirit "  Reach Out for Help, Vent, Tell a Friend. "  Express Yourself! "  Indulge in Fun "  Journal !  Preserve Your Mind "  Meditate "  Learn New Things "  Find and Practice Your Flow! !  Preserve Your Body "  Strengthen Your Circadian Rhythms, Get Sleep! "  Regular Healthy Meals "  Exercise © Lupita González
  41. 41. Preserve Your Spirit © Lupita González
  42. 42. Tools to Heal and Shield Self - Step 3 !  Preserve Your Spirit "  Reach Out for Help, Vent, or Tell a Friend. "  Express Yourself! "  Indulge in Fun "  Journal !  Preserve Your Mind "  Meditate "  Learn New Things "  Find and Practice Your Flow! !  Preserve Your Body "  Strengthen Your Circadian Rhythms, Get Sleep! "  Regular Healthy Meals "  Exercise © Lupita González
  43. 43. Preserve Your Mind © Lupita González
  44. 44. Tools to Heal and Shield Self - Step 3 !  Preserve Your Spirit "  Reach Out for Help, Vent, or Tell a Friend. "  Express Yourself! "  Indulge in Fun "  Journal !  Preserve Your Mind "  Meditate "  Learn New Things "  Find and Practice Your Flow! !  Preserve Your Body "  Strengthen Your Circadian Rhythms, Get Sleep! "  Regular Healthy Meals "  Exercise © Lupita González
  45. 45. Preserve Your Body © Lupita González
  46. 46. What Activities Go in Your Self Heal and Shield Tookbox? © Lupita González
  47. 47. Overview #  Defining Microaggression #  The State of Microaggressions in the U.S. #  The Effects of Microaggressions #  Tools to Heal and Shield !  Microaggression Interventions !  Q&A © Lupita González
  48. 48. Microaggression Interventions !  Ask Open Ended Questions "  He’s acting like a sissy. "  How’s he acting? And why is that sissy? !  Find out the Experience Motivating the Comment "  Why can’t they just speak English around here? "  It must be hard not to understand what people are saying around you. !  Use Exaggerated Humor to Highlight What’s Going on "  That movie is so gay! "  That movie is attracted to other movies? I didn’t know that was possible! !  Join the Person "  She got that award because she’s black and female. "  You know, I hear that a lot. I’ve been trying to figure out why we seem to think when a black woman gets recognized it must be because of diversity stuff rather than that she earned it. Source: Rosetta Eun Ryong Lee (http;://tiny.cc/rosettalee) © Lupita González
  49. 49. Lupita’s Preferred MAs Interventions !  MicroAssaults "  Stay calm and Report to Highest Ups! "  Form Your Team of Allies "  Start a Movement! !  MicroInsults "  Call It Out. Name it. !  MicroInvalidations "  Do it in a manner in which they can’t ignore you. © Lupita González
  50. 50. When You Are Told That You Said or Delivered a Microaggression !  I really appreciate you telling me this. I’m really sorry. !  I’m so embarrassed and sorry that I did that. !  I’m so sorry. I’m going to take some time and reflect on this. !  Man, that was pretty insensitive and stupid of me. I’m so sorry. !  My bad. I’m making a note in my head not to think or behave like this cuz it’s uncool. © Lupita González
  51. 51. Tool for Allies and Upstanders! - Insula © Lupita González
  52. 52. Questions © Lupita González
  53. 53. Ck these out: !  Websites: !  The Microaggressions Project !  Tool for Recognizing Microaggressions, Definitions !  Books: !  Microaggressions in Everyday Life: Race, Gender, and Sexual Orientation by Dr. Derald Wing Sue !  Flow by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi !  Videos: !  Brene Brown on Empathy !  How to Tell Someone They Sound Racist by Jay Smooth !  Articles: !  The Neuroscience of Social Pain, Psychology Today !  Can Meditation Make Someone More Compassionate? Psychology Today © Lupita González
  54. 54. Call to Action © Lupita González
  55. 55. MICROAGGRESSIONS’ EFFECT ON YOU Set Your Healing and Self Care Toolbox © Lupita González

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