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KHRMA February Meeting: "What Are Microagressions?"
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KHRMA February Meeting:

Learn about Microaggressions at the February meeting!

When: Thursday, February 8th
11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Where: The Fetzer Center on the campus of Western Michigan University
2350 Business Court
Kalamazoo, Michigan  49008
United States
Presenter: Kenlana Ferguson
Contact: Lori Fraker, KHRMA Secretary
(269) 532-7335

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11:00                  Registration
11:15                  Lunch Buffet 
11:30                  Announcements
12:00 - 1:00       Presentation


Presenter:      Kenlana Ferguson, PhD, LP, Director of Kalamazoo College Counseling Center

Topic:             "What are Microaggressions?"

What are racial microaggressions? Microaggressions are commonplace verbal or behavior indignities, whether intentional or unintentional, which communicate hostile, derogatory, or negative racial slights and insults that target a person or group of people (Sue, 2004). Microaggressions result in harmful psychological consequences, create disparities (Kessler, Mickelson & Williams, 1999; Pascoe, Smart, Richman, 2009) and marginalize people of color. The main objective of this program is raise awareness of microaggressions and how they impact daily interactions with people of color. Strategies for addressing microaggressions will be discussed for the purpose of helping participants learn ways to foster inclusivity in their personal and professional lives.

Learning Outcome: 

  • Attendees will have increased awareness of microaggressions.  
  • Attendees will learn how microaggressions marginalize people of color.  
  • Attendees will learn ways to address microaggressions and foster inclusivity in their personal and professional lives.

Speaker Bio:

Dr. Ferguson is a licensed psychologist and Director of Kalamazoo College Counseling Center. She holds a Ph.D. in counseling psychology from Western Michigan University and has expertise in working with populations of color. In her role at Kalamazoo College, Dr. Ferguson provides emotional and mental health support for students and has been instrumental in helping students of color navigate institutional barriers. Additionally, she provides workshops on working with students of color, racial identity development, microaggressions, and resilience to the college community. She frequently consults with faculty, staff, and students interested in creating inclusivity in their classrooms, departments, student organizations, and on sports teams. Outside of Kalamazoo College, Dr. Ferguson facilitates microaggressions workshops and training for organizations in the Kalamazoo area.

Meeting Sponsor:   Available!

Reverse Sponsor:   YWCA of Kalamazoo 

Buffet Menu:.            Italian Buffet


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MISHRM Mailing Address:

c/o Meeting Coordinators, Inc.
P.O. Box 99463

Troy, Michigan 48099
(844) 4MI-SHRM


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