Race, Gender, and Sexuality Symposium

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Healing and Empowerment

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This reflection essay details an AAPI student’s account of learning to advocate for herself against racial microaggressions committed in a professional setting. Over the course of the semester, several incidences of harmful language and thinking were revealed from a colleague. The student recounts learning to speak up for herself, what it was like to advocate in White settings, and the confounding process of filing complaints within the department. This essay gives a clear example of the necessity for the administration to have better systems to keep their marginalized and victimized students safe from those who wish to do them harm, either through ignorance or direct action.