Critical Conversations
Wednesday, March 22, 2023

Devin Horton, PhD

Graduate Diversity Officer for STEM Disciplines, UC Davis

You might have already learned what microaggressions are: brief and commonplace verbal, behavioral, or environmental slights or insults. You might have even heard about strategies to prevent committing them. But do you know there are ways to fight back against microaggressions?

Join this conversation—intended for people who are targets or bystanders of microaggressions—to learn about micro-resistance, a tool to empower you to cope with, respond to, or challenge microaggressions.

After participating in this workshop, you should be able to:

  • Define and identify some of the most common occurrences of microaggressions
  • Understand the impact and outcomes associated with microaggressions
  • Identify practical techniques to safely and comfortably push back against microaggressions

About the Speaker

Devin L. Horton, PhD, is the Graduate Diversity Officer for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) at UC Davis. Prior to her role as the STEM Diversity Officer, Horton served as the Assistant Director of the Undergraduate Research Center for Sciences at UCLA, and as a biology professor for 5 years at Fort Valley State University in Georgia. With more than 11 years of experience in teaching and program development, Horton has a strong background in mentoring and student success.

In her current role, Horton provides leadership to deans, faculty, academic programs, Academic Senate committees, and administrative units to develop and implement recruitment and retention strategies that eliminate barriers for graduate students and postdoctoral scholars from historically/racially marginalized populations.

A Los Angeles native, Horton was the first in her family to attend college and the only one to earn a PhD. She obtained her BS in biology from Tuskegee University and her PhD in cellular and molecular biology from the University of Michigan. It is her experience as a first-generation, socioeconomically disadvantaged student from a historically oppressed population that fuels her passion for providing effective and comprehensive student support.


March 22, 2023
1:00-2:00pm PDT

Critical Conversations was launched in 2020 as a way for Gladstone community members to challenge and empower themselves by considering different ways of thinking through the lens of others. These discussions will encourage you to reframe or shift your perspective. All community members are encouraged to participate and continue the dialogue outside this forum.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

At Gladstone, we are committed to providing events and professional development activities that resonate with our community’s diverse members. Our goal is to develop creative programming that encompasses a wide variety of ideas and perspectives to inspire, educate, and engage with everyone within our walls.

We want to effect positive change through our events and activities by providing a platform for discussions on important topics related to increasing diversity and inclusiveness in the sciences.