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The occurrence of specific interactions between those of different races, cultures, or genders can be interpreted as mostly non-physical aggression coined by Chester M. Pierce in 1970. Micro-inequities and micro-affirmations were additionally named by Dr. Mary Rowe of MIT in 1973, in her work she also describes micro-aggressions inclusive of sex and gender. Sue et al. (2007) describe microaggressions as, “brief and commonplace daily verbal, behavioral, or environmental indignities, whether intentional or unintentional, that communicate hostile, derogatory, or negative racial slights and insults toward people of color.”

Microagression usually involves demeaning implications and other subtle insults against minorities, and may be perpetrated against those due to gender, sexual orientation, and ability status. According to Pierce, “the chief vehicle for proracist behaviors are microaggressions. These are subtle, stunning, often automatic, and nonverbal exchanges which are ‘put-downs’ of blacks by offenders”. Microaggressions may also play a role in unfairness in the legal system as they can influence the decisions of juries.


Gender microassaults can be described as overt sexism: “being called a sexist name, a man refusing to wash dishes because it is ‘woman’s work,’ displaying nude pin-ups of women at places of employment, someone making unwanted sexual advances toward another person.” Gender microinsults and microinvalidations can be less apparent.

Microaggressable themes have been identified through research and scholarly reviews (Sue, 2010):

Sexual objectification

Second-class citizenship

Sexist language

Assumptions of inferiority

Denial of the reality of sexism

Traditional gender role assumptions


Denial of individual sexism

Sexist jokes

Microaggressions can take a number of different forms, for example, questioning the existence of racial-cultural issues, making stereotypic assumptions, and cultural insensitivity. Some other types of microaggressions that have been identified include Colorblindness (e.g., “I don’t think of you as Black. You are just a normal person”), Denial of personal bias (e.g., “I’m not homophobic; I even have gay friends.”), and Minimization of racial-cultural issues (e.g., “Just because you feel alone in this group doesn’t mean that there’s a racial issue involved.”). Colorblindness" in particular has been associated with higher levels of racism and lower levels of empathy.

Racial Microaggressions

The concept of racial microaggressions is one of the relative new contributions of Social Psychology to the understanding of factors that influence intergroup relations. Commonplace, public experiences or situations such as being stopped for a check-up at an airport, being ignored by a waiter/waitress at a restaurant or being assigned to a particular task by an employer, might seem irrelevant or innocuous situations under most circumstances. However, when such situations are interpreted as being linked to racial differences, they become distinct, and take on a different connotation. As a result, people subjected to them (racial minorities) may experience emotional pain or other negative feelings.

Supporters of the theory argue that racial microaggressions are reported to be common, including among people who think of themselves as being fair and nonracist, and who have received multicultural training.

According to P.C. Davis (1989), microaggression is enabled because “cognitive habit, history, and culture [has left it] unable to hear the range of relevant voices and grapple with what reasonably might be said in the voice of discrimination’s victims”.


Recent studies show that a wide variety of people in the United States report experience with racial microaggressions, including Latino American, African American, and Asian American people. Racial microaggressions are not limited by class or circumstance, and can be experienced by successful, upper-middle class professionals. Focus group based research with African American students at universities has also revealed that racial microaggressions exist in both academic and social spaces in the collegiate environment. College students report that they experience racial microaggressions in their relationships with their college counselors, in classrooms, and in other training relationships.

People have expressed several ways in which they feel harmed by racial microaggressions, such as implied messages that may make them feel demeaned. Implied messages can range from example like, “You do not belong,” “You are abnormal,” “You are intellectually inferior,” “You cannot be trusted,” and, “You are all the same.” Recipients of these messages have also reported feeling other negative consequences, including powerlessness, invisibility, pressure to comply, loss of integrity, and pressure to represent one’s group.

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We here at WELLynx have seen several related posts cross our dash lately. It’s all good read and provides food for thought:

And here is a RIDICULOUSLY LONG missive from LU’s operations department with everything anyone needs to know for the 2014-2015 academic year.

Lesley Community Members: 

Welcome to Academic Year 2014-2015!  Please review the information provided below regarding Administrative, Technology and Library services. In addition, you can find information on the web under the specific service you request.

During the summer Lesley replaced its Emergency Alert system to a more robust one – RAVE. We have linked the service to your Lesley e-mail, however, due to privacy and security concerns we can’t “import” your phone or other devices. To add additional phone numbers, text, or e-mails go to https://www.getrave.com/login/lesley. If you have a problem adding additional devices contact Bill Eve at weveATlesley.edu or ext. 8825.


Public Safety operates 7 days a week, 24 hours a day.

In case of emergency (medical, criminal or fire) all Lesley Community members should call the Lesley University Public Safety office at (617) 349-8888, or call 911 directly.  As soon as possible, please advise Lesley Public Safety on any 911 calls related to the Lesley campus, students, faculty or staff.

Please view the emergency procedures at http://www.lesley.edu/public-safety/emergency-plan/procedures/.

Remember to always lock your office doors, even if you only leave for a few minutes. In addition, ensure that your windows are secured. Leave your valuables at home. Any valuables you have on campus (purses, wallets, cell phones, Ipads, laptops etc.) should be kept either with you or locked up for safety.  Lock your vehicle and bike and do not leave valuables in plain sight.

REMEMBER to immediately report any and all suspicious activity or unknown individuals to the Public Safety Office.  All non-Lesley service personnel should be escorted either by Public Safety or Physical Plant Staff.

  • NEVER allow someone else to use your Lesley Card
  • NEVER prop open card access doors
  • REPORT any card access door issues to Public Safety (617-349-8888)
  • ALWAYS lock your office door if you’re not occupying it
  • JOIN the new Lesley Alert system by visiting https://www.getrave.com/login/lesley (for instructions see above)

If you have any questions regarding any Public Safety matter please contact Captain Nicole O’Leary at (617) 349-8888, nolearyATlesley.edu


All Community members are required to have a Lesley Card ID.

  • Card Services assistance is now available 24/7 at the Public Safety Office located on the Doble Campus, in Wolfard Hall at 34 Mellen Street.
  • For assistance with Card Access issues please contact the Campus Services Staff at LesleyCardOfficeATlesley.edu x8825 or http://www.lesley.edu/campus-services/id-card/

Information on the Lesley Card and CashLynx services are available online at: http://www.lesleycard.comor at the Lesley Card Service Center mycard@lesley.edu or (888) 841-3340 Monday  Friday 10am – 5pm eastern standard time. To report a lost or stolen ID please call Public Safety immediately at (617) 349-8888. The Lesley Card replacement fee is $25.


Watch for a separate e-mail providing information regarding our construction projects.


To request a room set-up for an event or to request a repair or other service, please use the web-based tool, School Dude. Your request will be scheduled and you will receive progress updates. Log onto www.myschoolbuilding.com.  If you have not done so already, please set up your login credentials. Visit http://www.lesley.edu/physical-plant/ for a link to the user’s manual.  

In the event of an emergency work request, call Plant Operations at (617) 349-8881 between the hours of 9:00am – 5:30pm Monday - Friday. Before 9:00am or after 5:30pm, Monday - Friday and on weekends and holidays, please call Public Safety at (617) 349-8888.  

Examples of emergency work order requests are:

  • Water and or plumbing systems leaks or overflows,
  • Fire alarms sounding,
  • Carbon monoxide detector alerts,
  • Power outages,
  • Noxious odors such as gas,
  • Door alarms and doors not locking. 
  • If you require a response within 5 minutes, consider this an emergency!


  • For Library Hours for Fall Semester visit http://www.lesley.edu/library/hours
  • myLibrary tab on myLesley is your home base for library research. Your myLesley login opens the door to article and e-book databases, guides to APA and MLA format, Help with Library Research, and library services such as Interlibrary Loan and Reserves.
  • All Library computers offer the same suite of software as the Lesley IT computer labs.
  • Sherrill Library has individual and group study rooms that you can reserve over the web or using your mobile device.  Call DIBS on a room!
  • Sherrill Library lower level has new comfy chairs and tables. All new furniture is on casters so students and faculty can rearrange furniture for individual or group work.
  • Searchpath Library Tutorial is newly updated and rebuilt. Assign your students to learn about library research, including narrowing their topic, searching for articles, books and e-books; evaluating resources; paraphrasing and citing to avoid plagiarism. Linked as always under Help with Library Research on the myLesley Library tab.
  • Videos & DVD’s may be reserved and borrowed from the Sherrill Library on the Brattle Campus. Search by title or topic in the FLO Catalog or in our Online Video Guide (http://research.lesley.edu/onlinevideoguide), then contact the Sherrill circulation desk at (617) 349-8850 or libcircATlesley.edu to reserve your video for pick-up at Sherrill Library at Brattle, eLIS at U-HALL, or the mailroom on the Doble Campus. Students and faculty seeking help with video production or use of media equipment may contact eLIS (elisATlesley.edu).
  • For reference assistance, contact Ask-A-Librarian by phone, email, or IM: http://www.lesley.edu/library/ask-a-librarian  
  • For help with art research and library resources, contact the LUCAD Library staff:  http://research.lesley.edu/artlibrarian
  • The LUCAD Library will close a few weeks early this semester to prepare the collections for the move to the new Lunder Arts Center. The last day of public service will be:  Friday, December 5th.


  • The Information Technology Department is located on the 2nd Floor of 815 Somerville Ave. Support availability and business hours are Monday – Friday 8 AM – 6 PM, Saturday 8 AM – 2 PM and Sunday 8 AM – 2 PM.
  • For additional information on IT services and support please visit http://intranet.lesley.edu/it
  • If you have any questions or concerns please email it@lesley.edu or call the Help Desk at (617) 349-8770 or x8770 from an on-campus phone.
  • Our self-help site is available 24/7 by visiting http://support.lesley.edu
  • 24/7 password management is available online by visiting https://mp.lesley.edu
  • IT regularly sends out proactive and informational IT Bulletin communications via e-mail when it is necessary for us to inform you of technology changes or outages. You can also receive these updates on Twitter www.twitter.com/lesleyuit


Welcome to Bon Appetit at Lesley University! At Bon Appétit, we cook from scratch in each location. From rolling stocks to finishing sauces and roasting meats, our approach to food allows us to provide fresh foods from whole ingredients. In this system, our team loves to hear from you. If you have a special dietary need, speak up, and we’ll help you find, or even prepare, foods to meet your needs.  We are located in five locations on campus: White Hall and the Student Center on the Doble Campus, Brattle Café in Washburn Hall on the Brattle Campus, Porter Café at University Hall and LUCAD Café at 700 Beacon St. in Boston

  • Fall 2014 Hours of Operations, Menus, Locations, Nutritional Information, Catering and more, please visit: http://www.cafebonappetit.com/lesley
  • Composting is available in all our café’s. Please place refuse in proper waste receptacles at each location.  Save That Stuff (Compost) toters in White Hall or Brattle Café or green recycle bins in Porter Café, Student Center Café and LUCAD Café.  For more information on all our sustainability efforts, please visit our website listed above.


  • Ed Fogarty, General Manager (617) 349-8380


Look for Vitalities snack items in the vending machines. There are lower fat, lower sugar, lower carbs and high energy options available throughout the vending machines on campus.  

Ice cream and frozen food machines are installed in the Student Center Café and 3rd floor of University Hall.  

The 2BU machine is located in the Student Center, 2nd floor.  Featuring organic, gluten free, lower sugar and healthier snacking items.


The Lesley University Bookstore staff would like to welcome you back to school.  We look forward to assisting you with all your textbook and school supply needs.  Our textbook rental program offers savings up to 50% off the new price.  Research our textbook options and place an online order through our website www.lesley.bncollege.com

Don’t forget to show your school spirit with our Lesley University apparel and giftware.  Like us on Facebook for updates on upcoming sales, store events and fan exclusive discounts and contests at  http://www.facebook.com/LesleyBookstore


The mail and copy center is located on the lower level of the Student center, in MacKenzie Hall Lower Level next to Student Health Services. 

Regular counter service Monday through Friday 8am - 6pm. Mail & Copy Center x8980; documentATlesley.edu or visit the website at: http://www.lesley.edu/campus-services/copy-mail-center/

Department Mail Service:  Monday Friday, twice a day.  

The facility features a full service Mail & Copy Center accepting department orders and also payment by Lesley CashLynx, a self-service copier located right outside the facility, and package receiving plus student mail boxes. 

Faculty and staff may buy 1st Class Mail US Postage Stamps and use the package shipping services, FedEx only.

For large print jobs, e-mail documents to the Copy Center at documentATlesley.edu.

REMINDER The Mail/Copy Center is an alternate location for media materials drop-off. Faculty can drop off/pick up library media at the Mail/Copy Center, in addition to the Sherrill Library and eLIS on the 3rd floor of University Hall. 


The Campus Shuttle Service changes from semester to semester and is based on peak class enrollment times.  This semester’s shuttle schedule is available online at Campus Shuttle

Due to construction of the Longfellow Bridge and the Anderson Memorial Bridge we have extended the turn-around time of the shuttle. Expect delays on the shuttle at certain times of the day.

In the event that program scheduling or event planning requires shuttle or transportation service, special arrangements may be coordinated through the Public Safety Office.  If you have questions on transportation services or special accommodations, please contact Public Safety at (617) 349-8888, or Nicole O’Leary, Captain of Public Safety at nolearyATlesley.edu


Please contact Public Safety at (617) 349-8888 or Bill Eve Assistant Director of Campus Services at x8825 or at weveATlesley.edu with any questions, concerns or required assistance.  Vehicles without a current Lesley parking permit or day pass are subject to citation and towing beginning September 15, 2014. Vehicles with more than three citations in the past year are subject to immediate towing without a valid Lesley Permit.

All eligible faculty and staff parkers should already have their 2014-2015 parking permit.  If you do not, please contact Susan Titus-Garnier at (617) 349-8789.

Adjunct Faculty
All Part-time and Adjunct Faculty with an active teaching contract are eligible for a limited parking permit. Part-time/Adjunct faculty may park only on the days and times they are teaching. The designated Adjunct Faculty spaces are located in Lot B between 7am - 3:30 pm and in all vacant spaces after 3:30 pm (except Lot A). Part-time faculty may park behind University Hall after 3:30pm at a special faculty rate if spaces are available.

Adjunct faculty who do not currently have parking but who would like to apply for a Fall term parking permit should contact Bill Eve at (617) 349-8825 weveATlesley.edu or Nicole O’Leary at (617) 349-8901 or nolearyATlesley.edu  Your eligibility will need to be verified and the availability of parking will also need to be verified.

*Note.  There is no adjunct parking at 700 Beacon Street or 601 Newbury Street.

Special Events and One Day Parking:

Please contact Public Safety at x8888 publicsafetyATlesley.edu  for special events parking questions/issues.


Lesley University revised its smoking policy effective August 1, 2011. The Brattle Campus is a “smoke-free” campus while LUCAD, Doble and Porter Campuses remain “designated area smoking only” campuses.

Six locations have been designated as smoking areas. Please view the campus maps

These locations were selected to protect the safety of smokers, to ensure that smoke does not filter into buildings, to protect neighboring properties and to provide access to designated smoking areas on the three campuses.

The designated smoking locations are:

  • At LUCAD/Boston Campus (700 Beacon Street and 601 Newbury Street) - Smoking will be limited to two areas of the sidewalk to the left of each front door (when exiting the building), far enough away to ensure that no smoke enters the building.
  • At the Brattle Campus - The Brattle Campus is a Non-Smoking campus. There is no designated smoking area and there is a zero tolerance for smoking on the Brattle Campus.  This includes no smoking in any vehicle on the campus.
  • At the Doble Campus (Quad) - There are two designated smoking areas; the first is located at the foot of the stairs (to the left on the Doble side) on Mellen Street directly below the Quad and the other behind 11 Mellen Street and 16-18 Wendell Street near the fence.
  • At the Porter Campus - We have identified two designated smoking areas, one to the right of the back door (when entering the building) of U-Hall near the loading dock area but under cover and the second to the right (when entering) of the front door of 815 Somerville Avenue.

Please be sure to pick up any butts or trash in these designated areas.

Members of the community who violate the University Smoking Policy are required to provide their name and office location to Public Safety if requested.  After an initial warning, anyone who chooses to disregard the designated smoking areas will be subject to progressive fines and other sanctions for their failure to smoke in the designated areas.

If you have any questions regarding the information provided please contact the appropriate office or Marylou Batt at mbattATlesley.edu.



Clever Infographics That Tell You To Take Some Time Away From Work

Microsoft Office is a name tinged with enterprise, effort, availability, access, work, excess, Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and the smell of cold hard sweat as you travail with the spell checker beneath the office’s fluorescent tubes of doom. Or, well, something like that. A part of its recent campaign, Microsoft’s Office 365 tells people to "get things done anywhere, sunrise to sunset." The campaign does all but recommend you work in your sleep. “No need to record your favorite show when you can work on the couch,” it says.

In response, 37Signals, the people behind the popular productivity chatroom Campfire, are appealing to the overworked with its own #WorkCanWait campaign that tells you to step away from the computer. “We don’t think it has to be this way. True work-life balance doesn’t have to be a myth. So here’s our Life 365 idea compared to Office 365.”

The Cambridge Police Department and the Lesley University Public Safety Department are offering a Self-Defense Course for Women. This free FOUR WEEK course will teach women risk-reducing strategies and avoidance measure plus realistic self-defense tactics and techniques. Participants must commit to attend ALL four sessions because the class builds muscle-memory through repetition.

The Self-Defense Program is offered FREE to Lesley University students and staff. To reserve a spot in this class, please email Nicole O’Leary at noleary AT lesley.edu. Space is limited and will be on a first come, first serve basis so SIGN UP today!!

The program consists of four classes; each run from 5-8 p.m.
Participants must attend each session:

  • Tuesday, September 9
  • Tuesday, September 16
  • Tuesday, September 23
  • Tuesday, September 30

The course will be taught ON CAMPUS (location TBA).


How to Rebuild an Attention Span

In the war on distraction, a new long-term study of disrupted attention, multitasking, and aging shows dramatic results in improved working memory for older participants through use of an online game.

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not to make you all paranoid with this post, but this is a nice reminder to keep an eye on your finances:


No more excuses: Stop procrastinating and get to work with these tips.

One of the biggest problems you need to solve if you work for yourself is how to make yourself do work.

The best entrepreneurs have figured it out and just pound out the work they need to do.

But many others put off their dream careers, or stay in jobs they don’t like, because they’re afraid to figure this out. Being in a job, or staying in college, means that you have someone else imposing work and deadlines on you, and you’ll get fired (or dropped from school) if you don’t do the work. So you put off doing the work until you can’t anymore because of the fear of being fired.

What does this say about us? It’s saying that we can’t trust ourselves enough to figure out how to motivate ourselves. I know, because I was in this boat for many years. It wasn’t until I started to learn to solve this problem that I found the courage to work for myself.

It’s solvable. It’s not easy, but it’s doable. And you can do it just as much as I can—I’m no superman, trust me. I feel lazy, I procrastinate, I fear failure, just like anyone else. But I’ve learned a few things that work for me.

What works for you will be different, but here are some ideas I use that might help:

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