Chancellor's Commission on Women to Host Lecture on Microaggressions

Professor Yolanda Niemann
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Professor Yolanda Niemann

Save the date. The Chancellor's Commission on Women will host professor Yolanda Flores Niemann of the University of North Texas as the commission's 2019 keynote speaker. Niemann will deliver the keynote address, "The Everyday Bullying of Microaggressions:  Recognizing and Intervening" during the luncheon between 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 3.

In her keynote, Niemann will define and provide examples of microaggressions, beginning with her video, Microaggressions in the Classroom, concluding with an overview of the impact of microaggressions on students, faculty, and staff. Lunch will be provided for the first 90 people who register for the event. The event will be held in Frank Broyles Athletic Center (north end of Reynolds Razorback Stadium), Touchdown Club, 350 N. Razorback Road. To attend the keynote luncheon please register here.

In addition, Niemann will conduct the afternoon workshop from 1:30-4 p.m., which will follow up on the luncheon talk. In this smaller interactive workshop, participants will have an opportunity to delve deeper into the topic of microaggressions, including how to recognize microaggressions, understand how microaggressions are part of everyday bullying, and practice responding to microaggressions. The event will be held in Frank Broyles Athletic Center (north end of Reynolds Razorback Stadium), Touchdown Club, 350 N. Razorback Road. To attend the afternoon workshop please register here.

Niemann is professor of psychology at the University of North Texas. She is nationally known for her research that includes the effects and social ecological contexts of stereotypes, especially in academia, and the psychological effects of tokenism. Her most recent books are (coedited) Surviving and Thriving in Academia, A Guide for Members of Marginalized Groups (2017) and Presumed Incompetent: The Intersections of Race and Class for Women in Academia (2012), which has been featured in the Chronicle of Higher Education. The second volume is currently under review. Other books include Black/Brown Relations and Stereotypes, and Chicana Leadership. Niemann has extensive administrative experience.

She served as senior vice provost for academic affairs at North Texas, vice provost and dean at Utah State University, and held numerous administrative positions at Washington State University, including chair of the Department of Comparative Ethnic Studies. She has been principal investigator of over $40 million in federal outreach grants. She has received numerous awards and honors, including Ulys and Vera Knight Faculty Mentor Award, and an invitation from the White House to speak at the event sponsored by the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics.


Anna Zajicek, professor of sociology
Chair, Chancellor's Commission on Women


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