When we engage in conversations across cultures, there is always the risk that what we say might offend someone. Oftentimes we don’t know why what we said was offensive. But rather than risking offense, many people avoid cross cultural dialogue altogether or cling to “politically correct”terminology.
Microaggressions are brief and commonplace daily verbal, behavioral or environmental indignities, whether intentional or unintentional, that communicate hostile, derogatory or negative racial slights and insults toward any marginalized group.
Learning about microaggressions and how they are hurtful, can help open up the dialogue when we offend, are offended or witness an offense. One subtle, unintentional comment in and of itself has little effect. It’s the accumulative effect over a life time that has the impact of a thousand cuts. In this presentation, Dr. Hollins will teach participants what they are and offer strategies for how to engage in courageous conversations when they are committed.
About the Presenter: Caprice D. Hollins, Psy.D. is co-founder of Cultures Connecting. She was born and raised in Seattle, Washington. She received a B.A. in psychology from Seattle University and M.A. and Psy.D. degrees in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Multicultural and Community Psychology from California School of Professional Psychology―LA. She became licensed in Washington State in 2000 and has over 20 years of experience studying and working with ethnically diverse populations. Her experience includes opening and Directing the Department of Equity & Race Relations for Seattle Public Schools. Dr. Hollins is currently an Affiliate Professor of Counseling at The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology. She works hard to balance her passion and commitment to equity and social justice while at the same time raising a family with her husband, Gary Hollins. Together they have two children, and she has three adult step children and two grandchildren. Her website is www.culturesconnecting.com.
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