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Derald Wing Sue

You speak English very well." It might seem like a compliment, but to the recipient, the underlying message can be: You are a perpetual foreigner in your own country. TC psychologist Derald Wing Sue -- featured this week's in "Mini Moments with Big Thinkers" on the TC homepage -- has shown that such unintended "microagressions" can cause greater harm than overt racism.

Born to a Chinese-American family in Portland, Oregon, Derald Wing Sue, Professor of Psychology and Education in TC's Counseling Psychology program in the Department of Counseling and Clinical Psychology, has shown that "microagressions" -- unintended slights or social cues by members of a dominant group that make members of minority groups uncomfortable -- can cause greater psychological harm than overt racism or other bias. Sue is the author of several books, including Counseling the Culturally Diverse: Theory and PracticeOvercoming our Racism, and Understanding Abnormal Behavior.  In 2010, he was awarded the first-ever UnityFirst.com National Diversity and Inclusion Book Prize in recognition of his recently published book, Microaggressions in Everyday Life:  Race, Gender and Sexual Orientation (John Wiley and Sons). 

Sue is a past President of the Society for the Psychological Study of Ethnic Minority Issues, a co-founder and first President of the Asian American Psychological Association, and the past President of the Society of Counseling Psychology of the American Psychological Association. He has written over 150 publications, including many on microaggressions, and consulted with a wide range of organizations on ways of acknowledging, confronting and eliminating microaggressions. 

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Premiered on 5/13/2013

About the Series

In "Mini Moments with Big Thinkers," leading figures in Teachers College's history discuss groundbreaking ideas, research and initiatives born at the College during the past half-century. The Mini Moments are drawn from the College’s Oral History Project, a collection of more than 90 videotaped interviews conducted by Melanie Shorin and Jessica Wiederhorn, the principals of The Narrative Trust, a private firm that conducts and captures the oral histories of institutions, communities and individuals. Produced in conjunction with TC’s Department of Development and External Affairs, the Mini-Moments are airing throughout 2013.

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