Diversity refers to the psychological, physical, and social differences that occur among any and all individuals; including but not limited to race, ethnicity, nationality, religion, socioeconomic status, education, marital status, language, age, gender, sexual orientation, mental or physical ability, and learning styles.*

Self Reflection

• When we look at each other in this space, what differences do we see? What similarities do we see?

• What folks and differences do we not see in this space?

• What brought us to this organization, anyway?

Intersectionality

A term created by Kimberle Crenshaw that explains how the discrimination is multifaceted and layered. ie. how Black women experience discrimination both as a women and a Black person - combining these factors makes conditions/obstacles/institutions/structures more difficult to succeed within.

Video:

The Urgency of Intersectionality (TED Talk, Kimberle Crenshaw, 2016, 19 min) On the origin point for the conversation of intersectionality. It started through the acknowledgment of what a Black woman experiences in American. Crenshaw is who coined this term for the compounding effects of oppression.

Article:

Intersectional Feminism: What it Means and Why it Matters Right Now (UN Women, July 2020) - This is a wider global look at how intersectionality speaks to so many communities and what it looks like during the pandemic.

The Intersectionality Wars (Vox, by Jane Coaston, updated May 28, 2019) - When Kimberlé Crenshaw coined the term 30 years ago, it was a relatively obscure legal concept. Then it went viral.

 

*Note: any entry with an asterisk (*) comes from the US Climate Action Network glossary.