Texas Tech University

President's Gender Equity Council

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The Council was established to advise the President of Texas Tech University on matters related to gender equity at the University and to make recommendations to the President to ensure an equitable and inclusive environment for all members of the University community.

In addition to the Council's advisory role, the Council may plan and implement activities that promote gender equity or otherwise serve the interests of the Council.

Equality vs. Equity

The Council will be advisory and will not have final authority to direct, control, or supervise any activities related to the operation of the institution.

Micro Aggressions

Microaggressions are “subtle insults (verbal, nonverbal, and/or visual) directed toward people of color [and other marginalized groups], often automatically or unconsciously” (Soloranzo, Ceja, and Yosso, 2000, p. 60).

Microaggressions can be delivered in the form of subtle snubs or dismissive looks, gestures, and tones (Sue et al., 2007).

Oftentimes, microaggressions are “dismissed or glossed over as being innocent and innocuous” in daily conversations/interactions (Sue et al., 2007, p. 273).


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“that is gay · you are not like most black people · you could succeed of you wanted to · go back where you came from · not everything is about race ·racism does not exist · you don't speak spanish · stick to your own kind · your people are not welcome here · i'm not homophobic - i have a gay friend · stop being so sensitive · that is retarded · how did you get the job · that is so ghetto…"

First Type

Microassault (often conscious/deliberate)

Explicit derogation characterized primarily by a verbal or nonverbal attack meant to hurt the intended victim through name calling, avoidant behavior, or purposeful discriminatory actions.


  • Referring to Someone as “Colored” or “Oriental”
  • Displaying Swastikas
  • Discouraging Interracial Interactions
  • Deliberately Serving White Customers Before Someone of Color

Second Type

Microinsult (often unconscious)

Communication that conveys rudeness and insensitivity and demeans a person on any marginalized group.

Verbal Example:

Telling a woman “The most qualified person should get the job, regardless of gender.”

Hidden Insulting Message:

The woman is unqualified or must have received the position based on gender and not ability.



Third Type

Microinvalidation (often unconscious)

Communication that excludes, negates, or nullifies the psychological thoughts, feelings, or experiential reality of a person.

Verbal Example:

Complimenting Asian Americans for “speaking good English.”

Hidden Insulting Message:

Negated U.S. heritage and conveys they are foreign.

President's Gender Equity Council