According to American Psychologist Angela Lee Duckworth (2016), grit is often described as passion and perseverance for very long-term goals, while encompassing courage, conscientiousness, perseverance, resilience, and passion. Embodying such characteristics has supported me in thriving in various conditions and situations as an African American girl, then a woman. Grit further assisted in me overcoming many obstacles while remaining resilient, open-minded, and inquisitive. At various points in my education, more specifically my time in undergraduate and graduate schooling, and further in my pursuit of tenure as a young professor, I was met with overt and covert exposures to microaggressions of many kinds that could have changed the course of my life. Here, two of those life-changing experiences are shared. One from my perspective while earning an education and the other after becoming an educator and psychologist.
Ellis-Hervey, Nina M.
"Déjà vu or the Repetitive Nature of Microaggressions: An Account of Two Life Changing Experiences, 10 Years Apart,"
Journal of Multicultural Affairs: Vol. 6
, Article 5.
Available at: https://scholarworks.sfasu.edu/jma/vol6/iss1/5
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