SPRING 2019 VTODs (Vocabulary Terms of the Day)
June Week 1- Building Equity: A Review of terms
Wednesday, June 5
Microaggression: (n) The indignities, put-downs and insults that people of color, women, immigrants and members of the LGBTQ communities experience in their day-to-day interactions. While these experiences may appear brief and harmless, studies show that microaggressions can trigger symptoms of depression and psychological distress in victims.
Friday, June 7
Xenophobia: (n) a fear of foreigners or strangers. For many undocumented immigrants, a real obstacle to citizenship is the bureaucratic maze of immigration, to say nothing of the senseless xenophobia they confront.
June Week 2 - Building Equity: A Review of terms
Monday, June 10
Exploitation: (n) The act of using someone in an unjust or cruel manner in order to benefit from their work. The migrant workers surveyed reported examples of exploitation such as working in unsafe conditions, enduring verbal abuse, being harassed, having their wages stolen, and being paid less than originally promised.
Tuesday, June 11
Disparity: (n) a great difference. An imbalance; a lack of equality. The definition of employment discrimination is a disparity in treatment of employees based on issues such as race, gender, sexual identification, religion, national origin, or physical disability.
Wednesday, June 12
Grievance: (n.) a strong feeling that you have been treated unfairly; a formal complaint. Bullies often draw power from the grievances of others. Several workers filed grievances about dangerous working conditions on the construction site.
Thursday, June 13
Ethnocentrism: (n) belief in the superiority of one's own ethnic group. “Ethnocentrism is at the root of racism because it allows one faction of people to believe it is superior to another faction.” If you are guided by ethnocentrism, you will always find fault with people who are not members of your ethnic group.
Friday, June 14
Diaspora: (n) the dispersion or scattering of something originally localized such as a people or culture. Diaspora originates from an ancient Greek word meaning to scatter about. The people of a diaspora (by force or voluntarily) scatter from their homeland to places across the globe, spreading their culture as they go.
June Week 3 - Building Equity: A Review of terms
Monday, June 17
Equitable: (adj.) fair, just, impartial. If you work on a group project, you want an equitable share of the credit. Federal law requires universities to provide equitable opportunities for men and women in sports.