November 1, 2018 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Gwinn Commons, Seattle Pacific University
3307 3rd Ave. W.
Seattle WA 98119
Kathleen Heppell

You are invited to the Northwest Alliance for Psychoanalytic Study’s 2018 Dorpat Lecture, given by Caprice Hollins, Psy.D, “Microaggressions: What are They and How are They Harmful?”

When we engage in conversations across cultures, there is always the risk that what we say might offend someone. Rather than risking offense, many people avoid cross cultural dialogue or cling to “politically correct” terminology.

Microaggressions are brief and commonplace daily verbal, behavioral or environmental indignities, whether intentional or unintentional, that communicate hostile, derogatory or negative racial slights and insults toward any marginalized group.

Learning about microaggressions and how they are hurtful, can help open up the dialogue when we offend, are offended or witness an offense. One subtle, unintentional comment in and of itself has little effect. It’s the cumulative effect over a life time that has the impact of a thousand cuts. In this presentation, Dr. Hollins will teach participants what they are and offer strategies for how to engage in courageous conversations when they are committed.

Caprice Hollins, Psy.D. is co-founder of Cultures Connecting. Born and raised in Seattle, B.A. in Psychology from Seattle University, M.A. and Psy,D. in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Multicultural and Community Psychology from California School of Professional Psychology―LA. Licensed psychologist, over 20 years of experience studying and working with ethnically diverse populations including first Director of Department of Equity & Race Relations for Seattle Public Schools, and Affiliate Professor of Counseling at The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology. She and her husband, Gary Hollins, have two children, and she has three adult step children and two grandchildren. From her website www.culturesconnecting.com.

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Parking Permit

Parking information: From the parking lot at the corner of Third Ave. W and W. Nickerson, [#41 on the map], head west along Nickerson. Take a left on 6th Ave. W. There is handicapped access through the loading dock in the back of the building off of 6th. Ave. W. Gwinn Commons is #10 on the map. When you go down the stairs you will be on the third floor.

From Visitor Lot [“V” on map #45] off of W. Dravus, head northwest toward signs for Library. Gwinn Commons is adjacent/ northwest of the library. The Queen Anne room is on the 3rd floor. On the map Gwinn Commons is #10.


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