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50th Annual Convention; Philadelphia, PA; 2024

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Special Event #463A
Diversity submission Award for Distinguished Contributions to DEI: An Investigation of Racial Microaggressions Experienced by Black Brazilian Women Living in Australia
Monday, May 27, 2024
12:00 PM–12:50 PM
Convention Center, 300 Level, Ballroom B
Area: DEI
Instruction Level: Intermediate
Chair: Nicole Hollins (University of Virginia)
CE Instructor: Tahcita Mizael, Ph.D.
Diversity submission 

Award for Distinguished Contributions to DEI: An Investigation of Racial Microaggressions Experienced by Black Brazilian Women Living in Australia


Racial microaggressions are chronic insults and slurs committed against non-White individuals based on their race/ethnicity. This study aimed to expand this literature by interviewing Black Brazilian women living in Australia. Eight participants were interviewed three times each. The prompts inquired about their experiences of racial microaggressions, the contexts they occurred, and how they reacted and dealt with them. All participants declared having experienced racial microaggressions by White Australians on multiple occasions. The most common categories found were "not being a real citizen", "assumptions about intelligence, competency, or status", "second-class citizen/ignored and invisible", "avoiding and distancing", and “environmental exclusion”. Most microaggressions happened in the work environment, followed by daily interactions with strangers, acquaintances, and/or friends. All participants tended to respond to those in a non-confrontational manner (refraining from replying or pointing out that the person was being racist) to avoid conflict, especially in the work environment. Two participants also responded in a confrontational manner at times by telling the perpetrator that their behavior was racist. To deal with the situation, participants: a) do not share those experiences with anyone to avoid making them worry about them, b) share those occurrences with their family and some Black friends, and/or c) avoid going out with people who are perpetrators.

TAHCITA MIZAEL (University of Sao Paulo, Brazil)
Tahcita M. Mizael is a Brazilian researcher and lecturer in the fields of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. She holds a BA, a MA, and a PhD. in Psychology and has carried out research internships at Maynooth University, in Ireland, and at the University of South Australia. Her main research topics are stimulus equivalence, Relational Frame Theory, race relations, gender and sexuality, and autism.
Target Audience:

Junior BCBAs, and behavior analysts within their first 5 years of practice, including practitioners, supervisors, etc., individuals currently enrolled in or recently completed graduate-level work interested in race relations and prejudice.

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the presentation, participants will be able to: (1) define racial microaggressions;(2) describe a least three types of racial microaggressions; and (3) discuss the implications of multiple control on the emission of racial microaggressions.



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