Safer Spaces

Got MICROAGGRESSIONS? We want to hear about them!

Call for assignments to be included in a Safer Spaces Initiative:

As part of a multi-phased project in collaboration with OAD, Women’s/Gender Studies proposes we start asking our community what Safer Spaces can be. Let’s start by recognizing and addressing microaggressions. We believe this can be done in the classroom and in a multidisciplinary way.

Here’s how:

Please consider including an assignment addressing microaggressions during the Winter 2018 term. Assignments, independent or through a specific course, from staff or student, can be scientific, sociological, artistic, ecological or personal in their approach. Assignments will be presented at an exhibit from February 12-16, in the 5C corridor, with a special finissage party (Feb.16th, 3-5:00 pm) to exchange on all we have learned.

Microaggressions are defined as

brief and commonplace daily verbal, behavioral and environmental indignities, whether intentional or unintentional, that communicate hostile, derogatory or negative racial slights and insults that potentially have harmful or unpleasant psychological impact on the target person or group.

(Solorzano, Ceja, & Yosso, 2000)

PHASE 1: FEBRUARY 12th – 16th –

Finissage Party Fri. Feb.16th 3:00 – 5:00 pm

Call for faculty to tailor an assignment to address the concept of safer spaces. Independent submissions from students and faculty welcome and encouraged.


Join us for a student-led, focus group lunch, where students, faculty and staff will share their experiences with microaggressions.

PHASE 3: APRIL 12th, 1 – 3:00 pm

Students, faculty and staff are invited to attend a forum theatre event, where we will collectively examine how microaggressions are experienced at Dawson, and begin developing a response to managing them.


Using the data gathered throughout the phases, let’s take the next steps and develop an action plan to generate safer spaces at Dawson.


Kim Simard –

Karina Leonard –

Last Modified: February 13, 2018