Season 3 Episode 31:
Microaggressions with Mawa Turay

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Have you heard the term microaggression? Today we’re speaking to Diversity, Equity & Inclusion consultant Mamawa Turay who is taking us through the topic of microaggressions in the workplace.

We cover what they are, the significant (and often underappreciated) negative impact they can have, how to spot them, what to do, and why giving them a label has helped. Mawa draws on her own experiences to help listeners understand the potential impact these can have.

We hope this episode offers some challenge and food for thought to all listeners to re-evaluate some common workplace situations from a different perspective.

We discuss:

  1. Microaggressions – what are they (high level), how do they fit into the wider D&I picture, why is it important to focus awareness on them? 
  2. The detail 
  3. Tangible examples of microaggressions in the workplace 
  4. Situations where they’re more prevalent 
  5. Whether they are under-appreciated 
  6. The impact microaggressions have 
  7. Tell-tale signs to look out for 
  8. Where we can start in tackling this and making things better 
  9. Mawa’s take on where D&I conversations have got to (including the fact her role as a D&I consultant probably wouldn’t have existed a few years ago!) 
  10. Progress to aim for over the next 12 months 

What's one thing to take away?

Something is better than nothing – don’t be overly afraid of making mistakes, just try, we can all take it upon ourselves to do something.

The most underappreciated thing about this?

The psychological hold of microaggressions, and the cycle of doubting what has happened. Recognise it’s hard psychological work for those trying to advance the conversation.


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