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What is a Microaggression?

“Microaggression” is a term used for commonplace and daily verbal, behavioral, or environmental slights, whether intentional or unintentional, that communicate hostile, derogatory, or negative attitudes toward stigmatized or culturally marginalized groups. The term, coined by Harvard University psychiatrist Chester M. Pierce, M.D., in the 1970s, described insults and dismissals which he regularly witnessed non-black Americans inflicting on African Americans. By the early 21st century, the use of the term was applied to casual degradation of any socially marginalized group, including LGBT people, people living in poverty, and people who are disabled. Psychologist Derald Wing Sue defines microaggressions as “brief, everyday exchanges that send denigrating messages to certain individuals because of their group membership”. The persons making the comments may be otherwise well-intentioned and unaware of the potential impact of their word. 

What Are Black Women Feeling?

 In a Washington Post article, many Black women stated that they felt relieved to work from home – free from micro and macro aggressions. Now they’re told to come back. In a Fall 2020 survey, the Gallup Center on Black Voices found that Black women were less likely than other demographics to feel that they’re a valued member of their team, that they’re treated with respect, and that their co-workers treat everyone fairly.  Read More: https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/2021/07/24/black-women-office-work-home/

“49% of Black women feel their race or ethnicity make it harder for them to get a raise, promotion, or chance to get ahead, compared to 3% of White women and 11% of women overall.” Source: Lean In and McKinsey & Company

We are believers in the power of education and awareness to solve social inequities. Therefore, the School District of Palm Beach County Office of Diversity in Business Practices has partnered with the Black Chamber of Commerce of Palm Beach County to bring you Real Talk with Black Women coming in January 2022. The Office of Diversity has been able to secure a powerhouse panel of Black women to discuss the challenges and micro/macro aggressions that Black women face in the workplace. We are immensely proud to say that we have secured a panelist from the Obama Presidential Center, the Obama Foundation in Chicagoas well as a college president, a supply chain executive, and a phenomenal chef and business owner. I hope you will join us so that we can bring awareness to this problem and grow together to help solve it.  

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Real Talk with Black Women

Join us and meet panelists from the Obama Presidential Center, the Obama Foundation in Chicago, as well as a college president, a supply chain executive, and a phenomenal chef and business owner. I hope you will join us so that we can bring awareness to this problem and grow together to help solve it.

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