On Feburary 28, 2020, Stevenson University hosted its annual Paul D. Lack Scholars’ Showcase. Among the students from the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Psychology Senior E’Lashia Pinkard was selected to present her poster on “Confronting Microaggressions: The role of race and authority.”

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E'Lashia Pinkard ('20 Psychology)

“This work was based on my Senior Research Thesis for PSY 470,” explained E’Lashia. “I chose this topic because I have always been interested in understanding more about microaggressions. This is a great topic to explore and I am excited to help build awareness on microaggressions among my fellow students.”

Using Stevenson University students as her participants, E’Lashia collected survey data on how her participants reacted to microaggressions and confrontations. She also measured the authority level of the microaggressor as well as the race of the confronter. Her results revealed that African Americans were more willing to confront microaggressors, had more positive attitudes about the use of confrontation, saw confrontation to be more acceptable, agreed that people should speak up more, and found microaggressors to be more insensitive compared to Caucasian Americans. These race differences were interesting and future research should take other factors, such as the severity of microaggression and the influence of upbringing, community closeness, and cultural sensitivity into account.

We thank E’Lashia for her wonderful work, and congratulations again for being chosen to present at the 2020 Paul D. Lack Scholars’ Showcase!