Attend Dr. Ruby Mendenhall's Talk: "Microaggressions in Higher Education"

Event Date: 

Friday, December 2, 2016 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm

Event Location: 

  • 1920 Buchanan

Event Price: 


Event Contact: 

Professor Dan Linz,

Racial Microaggressions in Higher Education: Doing the Difficult Work of Building a Diverse and Inclusive Community

This workshop will discuss students of color experiences with racial microaggressions at a predominantly White campus and how these experiences negatively affect their sense of belonging. Specific strategies will be provided to assist faculty and staff with fostering an inclusive community in classrooms and other academic spaces. In addition, students will learn techniques to address racial microaggressions in an effort to make the campus environment more welcoming. This workshop will also include scenarios about how to engage in difficult conversations around racial microaggressions. Click here for a related report.

Photo of Ruby MendenhallRuby Mendenhall is an Associate Professor at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She holds joint faculty appointments in Sociology, African American Studies, Urban and Regional Planning, and Social Work. She is currently a Faculty member at the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology and a Faculty Affiliate at the Institute for Computing in the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, Women and Gender in Global Perspective, and Gender and Women Studies. She is the recipient of the Richard and Margaret Romano Professorial Scholar for outstanding achievements in research and leadership on campus. She is also a Grand Challenge Learning Teaching Fellow in the Health Track. Mendenhall's research focuses on racial microaggressions in higher education. She examines how living in racially segregated neighborhoods with high levels of violence affects Black mothers’ mental and physical health. She uses mixed methods in her research such as surveys, in-depth interviews, topic modeling, visualizations and genomic analysis. Her research has appeared in academic journals such as Social Forces, Social Science Research, Demography, Housing Policy Debate, The Review of Black Political Economy, The Black Scholar, and Social Service Review.