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.*
• 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?
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.
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.
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.