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Microaggressions, Identity, and Intersectionality: Recognizing our Selves in the Academy – Session 1

April 14, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

ADVANCE at WSU Presents:

Microaggressions, Identity, and Intersectionality: Recognizing our Selves in the Academy – Session 1

This virtual workshop is designed for all WSU faculty to understand microaggressions, their sources, and the role of identity in microaggressions. In this workshop, we create a space for faculty to recognize their multiple identities and reflect on the ways in which their identities intersect and shift across multiple contexts.

Participants will learn:

  • Common sources of microaggressions
  • Different identities of self
  • How multiple identities intersect and how these intersections vary by context

Co-Facilitated By:

Dr. Regina Barber DeGraaff is a Mexican-Taiwanese-American, pop-culture-obsessed, astrophysicist, who teaches physics, astronomy, and science communication at WWU. Regina completed her Ph.D. in physics at Washington State University in 2011, studying distant extragalactic globular clusters using the Hubble Space Telescope. In 2015, Regina co-created and began to host the radio show (KMRE) & WWU podcast Spark Science. This talk show strives to humanize the scientist and make science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) accessible. She also created the position of the STEM Inclusion and Outreach Specialist at WWU devoted to the retention and support of underrepresented students and faculty in STEM. Through all her efforts, Regina’s goal is to break apart the scientist stereotype so that anyone can see themselves in science.


Dr. Stephany RunningHawk Johnson is an enrolled member of the Oglala Lakota nation and an Assistant Professor of Cultural Studies and Social Thought in Education at Washington State University.  Her research focuses on supporting Indigenous students attending universities and majoring in science fields, with a particular emphasis on how the philosophy behind the way science courses are taught creates barriers for Indigenous students, as well as other students of color. Stephany is working with local Tribes to incorporate land-based education and Indigenous Traditional Ecological Knowledges in order to increase Indigenous students’ sense of identity and belonging in a university setting. She is also conducting research on how non-Indigenous instructors can begin to decolonize their curriculum and teaching practices. All of Stephany’s work is done through an Indigenous Feminist lens and is dedicated to supporting Nation building, Tribal sovereignty, and empowering Indigenous communities and students in working toward social justice.

This event is open to WSU faculty (at all campus sites). Registration is very limited, so please register early for one session only. This event is free to all participants. Register for the 12-1:30pm session below!


April 14, 2021
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm