Race & Microaggressions

Living in a society that continues to be plagued by racism, students of color can experience microagressions in the form of hurtful comments, suspicious looks, and other negative interactions with people from dominant groups. While it is ultimately the responsibility of the dominant groups to change their racist and aggressive ways, students of color may benefit from information on how to cope with microaggressions when they occur.

  • Holder, A., Jackson, M. A., & Ponterotto, J. G. (2015). Racial microaggression experiences and coping strategies of Black women in corporate leadership. Qualitative Psychology, 2(2), 164-180.


  • Nadal, K. (2014). A guide to responding to microaggressions. CUNY Forum, 2(1), 71-76.


  • Liu, A. (2015). No, you’re not imagining it: 3 ways racial microaggressions sneak into our lives. Everyday feminism, February 25, 2015.


  • Khan, A. (2015). 6 ways to respond to sexist microaggressions in everyday conversations. Everyday feminism, January 18, 2015.