An Introduction to Intersectionality: Positioning and Situating Identities
In this workshop, we will learn how our different identities (race, class, gender, sexual orientation, age, ability, etc.) relate to social norms and how the combination of these identities results in discrimination or privilege to different degrees. Using this framework of intersectionality, we will explore how people experience multiple forms of oppression and how, for example, individuals adopt self-protective strategies for navigating different contexts and spaces in response to stereotypical assumptions. We will learn how to view others responsibly through a complex web of identities as a first step toward developing more empathy toward others’ life experiences. We also will learn how to create safe spaces and become better allies in ensuring equal access to rights and resources for every member of our society.
You'll Walk Away with
- An understanding of the theory of intersectionality and the relationship between different identities and social norms
- Awareness of how a combination of identities relates to discrimination or privilege
- Tools for becoming better allies for equal rights for all members of society
- Educators and trainers
- All members of the community, regardless of educational or professional status