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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Resource Guide

What is Intersectionality?

The concept of intersectionality was developed in 1989 by civil rights advocate, lawyer, and scholar, Kimberle Crenshaw as a way to explain how an individual’s social and political identities (gender, race, class, sexuality, ability, etc.) may overlap, creating the possibility for a distinct form of discrimination.


Online Resources

The Urgency of Intersectionality: Kimberlé Crenshaw: TEDTalks

Now more than ever, it's important to look boldly at the reality of race and gender bias -- and understand how the two can combine to create even more harm. Kimberlé Crenshaw uses the term "intersectionality" to describe this phenomenon; as she says, if you're standing in the path of multiple forms of exclusion, you're likely to get hit by both. In this moving talk, she calls on us to bear witness to this reality and speak up for victims of prejudice.

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