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Developing a Comprehensive Conceptual Model of Hierarchical Microaggressions in Higher Education Settings

 

Theme: Microaggressions: Conceptual, Research, and Practice/Intervention Implications; Freedom of Expression and Race: Considerations, Tensions, and Contradictions
Project Title: Developing a Comprehensive Conceptual Model of Hierarchical Microaggressions in Higher Education Settings
GranteeAhlam Lee, Assistant Professor of Leadership Studies at Xavier University
Grant Period: January-June 2018

Abstract
This project will develop a comprehensive conceptual model of hierarchical microaggressions in higher education settings based on a synthesis of existing studies. Young, Anderson, and Stewart (2015) recently coined the term hierarchical microaggression to describe verbal or non-verbal insults toward less powerful or lower-level stakeholders in terms of their professional roles or positions. The conceptual model will show multiple dimensions of the microaggression phenomenon within hierarchical relationships among various stakeholders, including faculty, staff, and graduate assistants. The model will serve as a guiding framework for future research and practice pertaining to this topic.