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Friday, March 6 • 1:05pm - 2:05pm
Experiences of Microaggressions in the Lives of Student Women of Color

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This paper presents findings from a qualitative study focused on microaggressions sustained by underrepresented women on a college campus. Microagressions are described as “brief, everyday exchanges that send denigrating messages to certain individuals because of their group membership” (Sue et al., 2007). Previous research on microaggressions has been conducted using primarily samples of student of color in larger university settings. In the current study, researchers aimed to investigate the nature and extent of microaggressions experiences shared by women of color in a small liberal arts college environment, an exclusive population that researchers have not yet targeted. Based on previous literature, the investigators expected to find that the majority of participants would share detailed accounts regarding their experiences of certain types of microaggressions. The researchers targeted respondents who self-identified as women of color and specifically invited them to participate in discussion groups. Using a semi-structured guide, facilitators (also self-identified women of color) conducted three focus groups composed of a total of ten women. Data were transcribed and loaded into an extensive data coding and analysis online application. Using a coding guide composed of reliable identifiers based upon the related literature; the investigators tagged themes and, through a reiterative process, identified consistent, emerging thematic patterns found in the narratives. Researchers found most of the expected microaggressive themes. Moore importantly, these collective narratives suggested an ethos of [defending one another] and other significant themes that may be salient to women of color on a residential campus inhabited by a predominantly White student body. In future studies, the researchers will use individual interviews to further investigate the use of support systems and coping mechanisms. These investigations will help to extend the perspective on these experiences and pave the way for future examinations, thereby contributing to the newly emerging existing research within the field

Friday March 6, 2015 1:05pm - 2:05pm PST