Professor Receives Over $200,000 to Study Microaggressions

May 22, 2017 by

The National Science Foundation awarded a professor over $200,000 to research microaggressions. Specifically, her research seeks to identify how microagressions keep racial minorities from comprising a larger chunk of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics jobs, and it seeks ways to improve minority representation in these fields.

Mary Atwater, a science and mathematics education professor at the University of Georgia, received $229,061 to study microaggressions and their implications, according to a statement the university released Monday.

“This grant can have an impact on the number of African-American and Latino/a faculty members we have in science education,” Atwater said in the university’s statement.

A “microaggression” is “a comment or action that subtly and often unconsciously or unintentionally expresses a prejudiced attitude toward a member of a marginalized group (such as a racial minority),” as defined by Merriam-Webster. For example, asking a person their ethnic background would be a microagression.

The professor will study “microaggressors,” which are presumably the perpetrators of microaggressions, across the science education programs of seven different universities. Atwater plans to recruit the aid of a few University of Georgia and Columbia University graduate students to create the study, which will use “critical race theory,” as well as its complementary implicit attitude exams and interviews.

Source: Professor Receives Over $200,000 to Study Microaggressions

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