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Fighting to be Noticed: Exploring the Gendered Racial Microaggressions Affecting Women of The African Diaspora Ayana Moné Jihad , Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

As a Black College women at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick campus, I am embarking on my final year of my undergraduate career. Throughout my academic years, it has become immensely transparent misogynoir behaviors, comments, and feelings attacking the Black women on campus. I recognized the action and language that are direct towards myself and other Black women on Rutgers campus was never blatant racism and/ or sexism in its traditional sense but the feelings that accompanied those situations after, the uncomfortable encounter was similar whether it was overt or covert. Microaggressions are operating among the lives of the marginalized population on the Rutgers campus. It is important to be critical of predominantly white institutions such as college settings in order to explore the ways Black bodies govern themselves in the face of microaggressions. I have decided to direct and produce shorts films to construct a safe platform to share the narratives of six Black College women attending Rutgers University, New Brunswick campus. I chose to explore and analyze the gendered racial microaggressions affecting women of the African Diaspora on Rutgers University New Brunswick campus by presenting my findings through an artist visual of cinematography. The goal of my short series is to educate others about the realm of higher education the gendered racial microaggressions that are the hidden barriers that are impeding the success of the Black college women and to encourage difficult dialogue to inspire change.