Microinvalidations encompass ‘‘actions that exclude, negate, or nullify the psychological thoughts, feelings, or experiences of people of color’’ (Sue et al., 2008, p. 331);
micro-insults involve ‘‘actions… that convey insensitivity, are rude, or directly demean a person’s racial identity or heritage’’ (p. 331);
and micro-assaults include expressions similar to old-fashioned racism that are ‘‘most often deliberate on the part of the micro-aggressor, whose intent is to hurt, oppress, or discriminate … ’’
As we become more conscious of practices that exacerbate microaggressions, stereotypes, and prejudice what can we do to end them? Have you ever personally experienced or overheard a microaggression, microinvalidation, micro-insult, or micro-assault at work? How did you handle it? How do you wish you would have handled it now? How would you work to change that behavior in the future?