“Microaggressions are constant reminders that you don’t belong, that you are less than, that you are not worthy of the same respect that white people are afforded. They keep you off balance, keep you distracted, and keep you defensive. They keep you from enjoying an outing on the town or a day at the office.”
Iejoma Oluo, So you Want to Talk About Race 

Now that we are more knowledgeable about implicit biases and motivations behind why we may act the way we do, it is time to acknowledge different ways that these feelings manifest. 

One of the primary forms is MICROAGRESSIONS, which is what we’ll be covering today. We hope that with increased awareness of microaggressions, we can take the next steps of minimizing their presence.

Microaggressions in the Workplace
(2 Minute Read)

Read this article to learn about what a Microaggression is and seven types of microaggressions that are common in the workplace in order to make sure that you are correcting yourself and others going forward.

No. You Cannot Touch My Hair!

Excerpt from YouTube Description: “My seven-year-old self learnt to tell people what I thought they wanted to hear. By the age of eight I’d convinced the other kids that my hair was made of sponge… because being black it couldn’t be made of ‘hair’.”

Through her own personal story and the hair-raising experiences of other women and girls, Mena Fombo’s TEDxBristol talk is a witty, yet compelling and sometimes dark exploration of the objectification of black women. It’s an issue she has spent a lifetime experiencing and exploring, with both a political and creative lens.
For any questions about the challenge please reach out to Denise Nava of the Albuquerque Community Foundation or Hannah Royer of United Way of Central New Mexico.
If after reading this newsletter you felt that there are other co-workers, friends or family members you feel may benefit from the challenge, feel free to send them the link to sign up for the challenge found below!