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2013 Diversity Summit

February 20, 2015
12:30 – 5:30 p.m.

William W. Philip Hall
at the University of Washington Tacoma
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Good Intentions Aren't Enough; The Damaging Effects of Microaggressions

Racism and other forms of oppression can manifest in both overt, blatant discriminatory practices, and covert, subtle and innocuous remarks and actions. There is a large body of research on the overt forms of racism in society. Less talked about are the subtle forms of conscious and unconscious comments and actions, called microaggressions. Well-intended, "nice" people tend to perpetuate micoaggressions. During this interactive session, participants will learn to identify all forms of microaggressions, learn strategies to address and interrupt them, and assess their cultural competencies.


  1. Diversity as a value vs. a fundamental view: Define terms diversity, equity, inclusion, power, oppression and privilege
  2. Define Individual and Institutional forms of Microaggressions
  3. What I Said and What I Meant: Interactive segment to help participants understand the links between speech/language and perpetuation of microaggressions
  4. Debrief activity
  5. Dynamics of Oppression: Pam Hayes' The Addressing Model
  6. Laser Dance video: Think, pair, share activity
  7. How to combat microaggressions: One thing I can do today


Keynote speaker: Yoshiko Harden

Yoshiko HardenYoshiko Harden earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from University of California, San Diego in Communications and Women’s Studies in 1996. In 2001, she earned her M.Ed from Seattle University in Student Development Administration. Currently, Ms. Harden serves as the Vice President for Diversity and Chief Diversity Officer at Bellevue College. In that role, Ms. Harden provides leadership in the development, coordination and implementation of programs that promote equity and diversity. As a member of the President's staff, she provides guidance, advice, counsel and support to faculty, staff, students and administrators in support of diversity initiatives. Ms. Harden was formerly the Director of Multicultural Services and Student Development at Highline Community College.


This year's Diversity Summit is open to the campus community and the general public and lunch is provided. The event is free for UW Tacoma students, faculty and staff, but registration is required.

Non-UW Tacoma participant registration is $40 per person before February 6 and $50 per person after February 6.

Online registration is closed. You may register at the event.

Summit schedule

Schedule is subject to change.

11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Registration / Check-in

12:30 – 1 p.m.

Welcome and lunch

1 - 5 p.m.

Yoshiko Harden

5 – 5:30 p.m.

Closing remarks, surveys and prizes

Diversity Resource Center Mission:
The Diversity Resource Center strives to create a welcoming and inclusive campus environment that enables all members of the UW Tacoma community to learn through the exploration of human differences.

UW Tacoma Mission:
The University of Washington Tacoma educates diverse learners and transforms communities by expanding the boundaries of knowledge and discovery.
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