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Davidson Microaggressions Project

Davidson Microaggressions Project

By Davidson Microaggressions Project
Our guests speak from their expertise and experiences, drawing upon specific examples and situations to demonstrate the lasting impact of microaggressions and related topics implicated in how microaggressions can powerfully sting. Impact over intentions, lurking to learn, raising awareness, and prompting critical thought as we all strive to do better and engage mindfully with others.
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Intersections of Jewish Identity, Hybridity, & Microaggressions: A Conversation with Dr. Ilana McQuinn & Dhalia Krutkovich
In this episode, DMP collaborator Juan Diaz Mercado interviews Jewish Studies professor-scholar Dr. Ilana McQuinn and Davidson senior Dhalia Kurtkovich about the unique intersections of marginalization and being Jewish in the U.S. American south, and Jewish hybrid identity in both Europe and the U.S. Our guests urge us to think beyond persecution tropes towards a critical understanding of Jewish hybrid identity, especially in relation to multiculturalism and the far political right; discourse often lacks a critical apparatus to talk about Jews, race and power due to the dissonance many hold about Jews as white people and therefore not occupying a positionality of legitimate oppression. The Davidson campus community experienced a jarring reality when two of our own students were doxed online and outed as Neo-Nazis. Our guests discuss the Jewish representation as Holocaust-centered only, which leaves large gaps in how Jewish Studies relates to many subfields and broad topic areas such as antiracist discourses, human rights, post-Holocaust conversations, the law, and the struggles for equal rights. Dr. McQuinn and Dahlia highlight Jewish-specific microaggressions that permeate our societal structures including assumptions based on whiteness, wealth, religious holidays, multiculturalism, and in/visibility.
57:35
April 30, 2021
Anonymous Grading: A Conversation with Drs. Bes Ceka & Andrew O'Geen, Associate Professors of Political Science
In Spring of 2020, the Davidson Microaggressions Project published a guest blog co-written by two members of the Student Government Association's Academics Committee, Julia Bauer and Wren Healy, on the topic of anonymous grading as one concrete strategy that professors can implement to combat bias and support disenfranchised students in their classes. As a follow up to the blog, DMP presents a series of podcast interviews with Davidson College professors who use anonymous grading as one way that they intentionally focus on inclusivity in their classrooms. Tune in to hear Davidson faculty members discuss how and why they employ anonymous grading as a key part of their inclusive pedagogy in this last set of podcasts in 2020. Last up, we have an interview with Drs. Bes Ceka & Andrew O'Geen, Associate Professors of Political Science!
25:44
December 19, 2020
Anonymous Grading: A Conversation with Dr. Susana Wadgymar, Biology
In Spring of 2020, the Davidson Microaggressions Project published a guest blog co-written by two members of the Student Government Association's Academics Committee, Julia Bauer and Wren Healy, on the topic of anonymous grading as one concrete strategy that professors can implement to combat bias and support disenfranchised students in their classes. As a follow up to the blog, DMP presents a series of podcast interviews with Davidson College professors who use anonymous grading as one way that they intentionally focus on inclusivity in their classrooms. Tune in to hear Davidson faculty members discuss how and why they employ anonymous grading as a key part of their inclusive pedagogy in this last set of podcasts in 2020. Next up we have Dr. Susana Wadgymar, Assistant Professor of Biology!
19:21
December 19, 2020
Anonymous Grading: A Conversation with Dr. Melody Crowder-Meyer, Political Science
In Spring of 2020, the Davidson Microaggressions Project published a guest blog co-written by two members of the Student Government Association's Academics Committee, Julia Bauer and Wren Healy, on the topic of anonymous grading as one concrete strategy that professors can implement to combat bias and support disenfranchised students in their classes. As a follow up to the blog, DMP presents a series of podcast interviews with Davidson College professors who use anonymous grading as one way that they intentionally focus on inclusivity in their classrooms. Tune in to hear Davidson faculty members discuss how and why they employ anonymous grading as a key part of their inclusive pedagogy in this last set of podcasts in 2020. Next up we have Dr. Melody Crowder-Meyer, Assistant Professor of Political Science!
22:42
December 18, 2020
Anonymous Grading: A Conversation with Dr. Trent Foley, Religious Studies
In Spring of 2020, the Davidson Microaggressions Project published a guest blog co-written by two members of the Student Government Association's Academics Committee, Julia Bauer and Wren Healy, on the topic of anonymous grading as one concrete strategy that professors can implement to combat bias and support disenfranchised students in their classes. As a follow up to the blog, DMP presents a series of podcast interviews with Davidson College professors who use anonymous grading as one way that they intentionally focus on inclusivity in their classrooms. Tune in to hear Davidson faculty members discuss how and why they employ anonymous grading as a key part of their inclusive pedagogy in this last set of podcasts in 2020. Next up we have Dr. Trent Foley, Professor of Religious Studies!
32:16
December 18, 2020
Anonymous Grading: A Conversation with Dr. Michelle Kuchera, Physics
In Spring of 2020, the Davidson Microaggressions Project published a guest blog co-written by two members of the Student Government Association's Academics Committee, Julia Bauer and Wren Healy, on the topic of anonymous grading as one concrete strategy that professors can implement to combat bias and support disenfranchised students in their classes. As a follow up to the blog, DMP presents a series of podcast interviews with Davidson College professors who use anonymous grading as one way that they intentionally focus on inclusivity in their classrooms. Tune in to hear Davidson faculty members discuss how and why they employ anonymous grading as a key part of their inclusive pedagogy in this last set of podcasts in 2020. Next up we have Dr. Michelle Kuchera, Assistant Professor of Physics!
38:03
December 18, 2020
Anonymous Grading: A Conversation with Dr. Kevin Smith, Biology
In Spring of 2020, the Davidson Microaggressions Project published a guest blog co-written by two members of the Student Government Association's Academics Committee, Julia Bauer and Wren Healy, on the topic of anonymous grading as one concrete strategy that professors can implement to combat bias and support disenfranchised students in their classes. As a follow up to the blog, DMP presents a series of podcast interviews with Davidson College professors who use anonymous grading as one way that they intentionally focus on inclusivity in their classrooms. Tune in to hear Davidson faculty members discuss how and why they employ anonymous grading as a key part of their inclusive pedagogy in this last set of podcasts in 2020. Next up we have Dr. Kevin Smith, Associate Professor of Biology!
28:18
December 18, 2020
Anonymous Grading: A Conversation with Dr. Laura Sockol, Psychology
In Spring of 2020, the Davidson Microaggressions Project published a  guest blog co-written by two members of the Student Government  Association's Academics Committee, Julia Bauer and Wren Healy, on the  topic of anonymous grading as one concrete strategy that professors can  implement to combat bias and support disenfranchised students in their  classes. As a follow up to the blog, DMP presents a series of podcast interviews with Davidson College professors who use anonymous grading as one way that they intentionally focus on inclusivity in their classrooms. Tune in to hear Davidson faculty members discuss how and why they employ anonymous grading as a key part of their inclusive pedagogy in this last set of podcasts in 2020. First up -- Dr. Laura Sockol, Assistant Professor of Psychology!
35:15
December 18, 2020
"Those Woke [Asian American] Kids," Activism & Interracial Solidarity: A Conversation with Dr. K. James Cho
In this episode, Dr. Amanda R. Martinez and Ashley Ip, member of the Asian American Initiative, interview Dr. James Cho about his dissertation research featuring Asian American youth activism and hashtags over the last six years to track discourse and language for interracial solidarity with other communities of color. Cho interrogates how, why and who is empowered to do activism work among the vastly heterogeneous Asian American youth population. Their identities are often conflated by those who ascribe to simplistic attributes based on society's racial order and consequently associate Asian Americans with otherness and civic ostracism. Intersectionality lends insight to interpreting such microaggressive experiences including class-based migration patterns and politicized identity intentionality amidst shifting identity labels in a charged socio-political time. He finds that the Asian Americans participating in on and offline activism help disrupt the model minority and perpetual foreigner stereotypes while disaggregating other monolithic categories rooted in white supremacy as a system and racial triangulation that functionally pits groups of color against one another. Dr. Cho urges us to take hashtag activism seriously as a means through which both online and in person community solidarity manifests and can be paired with existing movements, such as the #AsiansforBlackLives hashtag or the work that the Committee Against Asian American Violence in NYC does on the ground. Lastly, he discusses strategies to address microaggressions including when and whether to do so. 
36:23
December 10, 2020
Indigenous People & Microaggressions of Erasure: A Conversation with Lumbee Tribe Member, Prof. Brittany Hunt
In this episode, DMP collaborator Basil Wiering interviews Professor  Brittany Hunt, a member of the Lumbee Tribe, and doctoral candidate at  UNCC. She highlights the erasure of Native Americans and how rampant  cultural appropriation is in the fabric of our society. Oftentimes,  indigenous people are not credited for their many cultural  contributions; one example is that they're the original Southerners who  created regional food staples like grits and hushpuppies, and another is  the phenomenon of white people's unsubstantiated claims to Native  lineage, such as thinking they have a Cherokee great-grandmother.  Stereotypes drive many interpersonal interactions and exude the core  myth that the indigenous are people "in the past" and they are  subsequently excluded from race conversations about systemic problems,  like police brutality and mass incarceration. Prof. Hunt further points  out how academically sanctioned racism functions to justify racist  attitudes and how many remain complicit. She offers listeners some  specific strategies she is always prepared with when faced with  microaggressions, such as exposing underlying absurdity and asking  questions to reveal intent, and she calls us all in to action so that we  can analyze how we contribute to the racial erasure of indigenous  people, be more critical and decolonize our language, and decolonize  curriculum for educators in decision-making positions, all good goals  whether or not there are indigenous people represented within institutions.
49:48
November 27, 2020
Sister Outsiders Building Solidarity: A Conversation with Isabel Ballester and Morgan Spivey
In this episode, DMP collaborators Jaelyn Taylor and Juan Diaz Mercado interview Davidson alumnae Isabel Ballester and Morgan Spivey about building community, finding your people in white dominant (academic and other) spaces, and (re)discovering identity through immersive, newfound knowledge gained in both in/formal educational settings. They stress the importance of diversifying the faculty and supporting professors of color and interdisciplinary programs, as these are often key sources of support for students of color. Isabel and Morgan elaborate upon how they have continued to harness knowledge and empowerment through their positionalities as Black and Afro-Latina queer women beyond their undergraduate education. They talk about Black imagination, hope, happiness, freedom, affirmations, and starting where you are to make moves in the struggle, including why we should all move beyond passive not-racist pledges and be actively anti-racist. Isabel and Morgan describe microaggressions as a language of hate entrenched in systemic macro-issues. Tune in to hear this dynamic duo explain the ‘step up and step back’ method to deal with, confront, and overcome microaggressions.
57:28
November 23, 2020
Traveling Migrants Traversing Complicated Borders: A Conversation with Itziri Gonzalez-Barcenas & Brice Rosette
In this episode, DMP founder Dr. Amanda R. Martinez interviews Itziri Gonzalez-Barcenas, Davidson alum from North Carolina & Mexico, and her partner Brice Rosette, a Martinican-Parisian, about the complicated, often tension-filled decisions fueled by restrictive migration policies and personal desire to experience the world beyond border limitations to pursue academic, personal, and professional goals. Itziri and Brice started the Traveling Migrants Instagram page to share their experiences and lend insight to their followers about how borders and policy can often present limited opportunities and also how they resist the negative impact of these challenges by finding joy and beauty as they navigate spaces. They discuss their identity shifts, both self-reflectively and other-imposed, and the microaggressions they experience as they move among transnational spaces as young people of color from different racial, ethnic, and cultural groups. Interrogating topics like anti-blackness among white and people of color, whether and how to address microaggressors as a worthwhile educational corrective, and what we all must do for ourselves and our communities to keep these conversations going openly --especially with those closest to us, like family members-- Itziri and Brice offer ideas about how we can all act from any positionality.
01:04:10
November 8, 2020
Charged Political Rhetoric, Border Logics, & Framing "Others": A Conversation with Prof. Rebecca Avalos
In this episode, DMP collaborator Juan Diaz-Mercado interviews Loyola  Marymount University lecturer and University of Colorado at Boulder  doctoral candidate, Prof. Rebecca Avalos about her research on Trump's  "Make America Great Again" racial project, with a focus specifically on  Latinx communities, racial logics, nationalism, migration, and borders.  Avalos describes how historical racial scripts aggravate laws and how  Latinx subjects shift within these power matrices as embodiments of  illegalities. Avalos argues that brown bodies often represent the latest  trend of capitalism and tokenism as power shapes knowledge. She  elaborates upon how politics and racialized rhetoric can dar animo to create the conditions under which rights can be stripped away from  Others as a reaction to the browning of the U.S. to attempt to preserve  white futurity and centrality. Prof. Avalos discusses why context,  relationships, and power dynamics matter in the practice of calling out  to call in others when confronting micro/aggressions.
01:12:39
October 30, 2020
Race, Rhetoric, & Religion: A Conversation with Dr. Andre E. Johnson about Black Lives Matter & All Lives Matter
In this episode, DMP collaborator Jaelyn Taylor interviews University of  Memphis Communication Studies professor Dr. Andre E. Johnson about his work on race, rhetoric, and religion. Dr. Johnson describes how he found his scholarly path and why he self-proclaims a "bootleg scholar" identity, as it speaks plainly to the common experiences with microaggressions in academia that minority faculty in particular face. Dr. Johnson discusses highlights from the recent second edition (July  2020) publication of his co-authored (with Amanda Nell Edgar) book, The Struggle Over Black Lives Matter and All Lives Matter,  in the backdrop of ongoing social justice struggles and racial unrest across the nation. Lastly, Dr. Johnson offers strategies to confront microaggressions. Check out his bio and embedded links to his scholarly work on the DMP website for further self-education.
57:08
October 23, 2020
Feminism, Gender, & Sexuality Microaggressions: A Conversation with Drs. Horowitz & González
In this episode, DMP collaborators Michi and Julia interview Davidson College Gender & Sexuality Studies professors Dr. Katie Horowitz and Dr. Melissa González about gender, sexuality, identity, pronouns, and microaggressions. They reflect upon their educational and professional paths including pivotal moments that have inspired their research and teaching agendas. Drs. González and Horowitz discuss how Davidson College’s LGBTQ+ community climate has evolved and shifted in their time as members of the college community. They offer strategies to confront microaggressions both as a microaggressee and microaggressor. These experts also elaborate upon the importance of gender pronouns and how to approach the topic in the classroom. Check out our guests’ bios below and their resource recommendations for further self-education.
51:10
October 16, 2020
Racism, Academic Institutions, & Microaggressions: A Conversation with Drs. Bowles & Cho
In this episode, DMP collaborators Michi and Juan interview Davidson College Anthropology professors Dr. Laurian Bowles and Dr. Helen Cho about systemic racism, its manifestation in academic institutional contexts, and microaggressions. They reflect upon their educational and professional paths and discuss their experiences as students and professors, and offer their perspectives about how Davidson College has changed in light of diversity, inclusion, and equity in their time as members of the college community. Drs. Bowles and Cho offer strategies to process and deal with microaggressions both as a microaggressee and microaggressor. Check out our website (davidsonmicroaggressionsproject.org) for detailed bios and their resource recommendations to benefit us all in the spirit of further self-education. 
51:08
October 8, 2020
Why a podcast?
This first short introduction episode features the Davidson Microaggressions Project collaboration team, including Dr. Amanda R. Martinez and student collaborators Michi LaCorte, Julia Lau, Juan Diaz Mercado, Jaelyn Taylor, Ricky Pinnock, and Basil Wiering. We overview the inspiration and motivation for developing this podcast as our next project step and we highlight our slate of guests coming up. Our first full episode is coming later this week. We're excited about this initiative and we hope you all enjoy tuning in! 
16:35
October 6, 2020