Publication Date

Spring 2021

Advisor(s) - Committee Chair

Katrina Burch (Director), Reagan Brown, and Andrew Mienaltowski

Degree Program

Department of Psychological Sciences

Degree Type

Master of Science


Discrimination is still prevalent and pervasive in society, though there have been many attempts to mitigate its impact. Though often not as overt, “modern” discrimination is more subtle in nature, often slipping through as passable social interactions because of its ambiguity. However, the negative impact that ethnic and racial minorities experience because of this subtle discrimination cannot be ignored. In academia, as with many other workplaces, ethnic and racial minorities are impacted by subtle discrimination. During the Black Lives Matter movement that has surged in 2020 in the wake of social injustices against Black and Brown people, this issue has been brought to the forefront. Though academia is often held to a higher standard, discrimination still permeates throughout the institution. The present study investigated the incidences of subtle discrimination via workplace incivility and microaggressions experienced by ethnic and racial minorities in academia by utilizing Twitter as a data source and data-mining experiences through #BlackintheIvory that promote the sharing of said experiences. Specifically, I analyzed self-reported discriminatory (incivility and microaggressions) experiences reported through the use of #BlackintheIvory between the dates of June 7, 2020 – June 17, 2020. Frequencies of reported experiences, narrative descriptions, and analyses of intersectionalities are reported. Future research directions and practical implications are discussed.


Industrial and Organizational Psychology | Multicultural Psychology | Psychology | Social Psychology