Introduction to Intersectionality
September 25, 2018 | Los Angeles
The need for diversity in the workforce has taken on significant urgency in light of current events. However, equity and inclusion efforts tend to focus on recruiting, with little to no attention paid to changing the organizational culture to support retention of a diverse workforce. Workforce leaders and workers are expected to have an introductory level of cultural competence, yet the educational backgrounds of information workers tend not to include the necessary exposure to intersectionality to achieve this competence. To close this gap, this learning event guides participants through activities and discussions that demonstrate how intersectional identity affects the recruitment of a diverse workforce, interpersonal interaction, and the dynamics of the workplace.
During this eight-hour course, learners will develop organizational improvement plans aimed at integrating awareness of intersectionality into their information practices.
By the end of this learning event, participants will be able to:
- Describe introductory concepts, including intersectionality, power, and privilege
- Define cultural competency as an analytical and personal process that can be applied in the workplace
- Create Intersectional Process Support Groups (IPSGs) to discuss difficult topics on race, class, gender, and sexuality
- Examine real-world examples of how power and privilege manifest in the workplace
- Practice intersectional dialogue in a sensitive manner that leads to personal, interpersonal, and workplace change