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Microaggressions in our daily workplace encounters: a barrier to achieving diversity and inclusion


Originally coined in 1970 by Dr. Chester Pierce, the term “microaggression” encompasses any subtle insult or informal degradation of a member of any socially marginalized group. While incidents of blatant racism and sexism might be deterred by zero-tolerance policies in the workforce, microaggressions still plague our daily interactions with colleagues and patients alike. In this paper we define and categorize microaggressions using real-world examples, describe their repercussions and provide ways to appropriately respond to microaggressions on a personal and institutional level.

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Parikh, A.K., Leschied, J.R. Microaggressions in our daily workplace encounters: a barrier to achieving diversity and inclusion. Pediatr Radiol 52, 1719–1723 (2022).

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