What does it take to feel safe and supported in your workplace or when immigrating to a new country?
What is the right way to respond when you feel judged? Or criticized by others?
What happens internally (and ultimately, how does it affect your communication abilities) when you feel stereotyped – only because English is not your first language?
And why does it bother people when they’re constantly asked “where are you from”?
In my Immigrant Experience series, I’ve been sharing stories of students who immigrated to English-speaking countries. But I also want to share insights from people whose work involves supporting marginalized communities, including immigrants.
One person who can speak to that experience is Gina Gomez, a business strategist & advisor who has founded a business development company that works with some of the biggest companies in the world. Gina’s company specializes in diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace. She has helped dozens of clients (myself included) create an inclusive and respectful business.
In this episode, Gina and I discuss how being a speaker of English as a second language in certain environments could foster microaggression and micro-inequities.
She will explain what those behaviors are, what they look and sound like, and how to manage them in the best possible way.
She will also share some insights from her own personal and professional experience, as well as tips and strategies on how to deal with microaggressions and discrimination.
A podcast lover? Listen to this episode on the podcast instead!
Would you like to share your English story as an immigrant?
Every immigrant has a story. A story about their journey, their identity, their accomplishments and struggles, and of course, the place of English in it. Many of my students are immigrants, I was an immigrant myself. There are commonalities, for sure, but each story is unique, a story worth telling and listening to.
If you’d like to share your English story as an immigrant, we’d be happy to hear it (click here). During the next few months I’ll share some of your stories, answer questions you might have, and host immigrants, as well as people whose work involves English and the immigrant experience.