College of Media Diversity and Inclusion Committee to host microaggressions workshop

by Shelbi Voss

The College of Media Diversity and Inclusion Committee is sponsoring a workshop this week addressing microaggressions. The event, held from 1-2 p.m. on Friday, March 5 via Zoom, is available for students, faculty and staff in the college.

The workshop will be led by Ross Wantland. Wantland is the Director of Curriculum Development and Education from the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. The OVCDEI aims to “use the transformational power of our university to lead our campus toward an increasingly diverse and inclusive community that is open, just, and welcoming for all.”

The workshop is presentation-based and will include time for a question and answer period and group discussion. The meeting description states, “Microaggressions are everyday slights, insults, and attacks that target people based on their identities. How do microaggressions impact our marginalized communities on campus? What is our obligation to say something if we notice a microaggression?” The course will touch on ways to identify and address microaggressions both on and off campus and give participants the opportunity to discuss similar topics in a group setting.

This is the College of Media Diversity and Inclusion Committee’s first event of the semester. The committee, led by College of Media Dean’s Fellow Jason P. Chambers of the Advertising department, is comprised of College of Media staff, faculty members from each department, and representatives of the undergraduate and graduate student populations. Dean Tracy Sulkin charged the committee with developing a series of workshops that focused on diversity, equity, inclusion and anti-racism. The committee’s debut workshop last fall was also led by Wantland and focused on equity-mindedness in the college.

Students, faculty and staff can register for the event by filling out this form. Any necessary accommodations for participation or questions about the workshop can be made by emailing wantland@illinois.edu.