The Intersectionality of Diversity, Inclusion and You

Dr. K. Renee Horton, Unapologetically Being, Inc., Founder, National Society of Black Physicists, President
April 13, 2018 at 11:00 am
100 Busch
Event Description 

Intersectionality proposes that all aspects of one's identity need to be examined as simultaneously interacting with each other and affecting one's privilege and perception in society, and that these facets of identity cannot simply be observed separately. (Cooper, 2015).

Diversity has become an important initiative in STEM. Diversity is generally said to mean acknowledging, understanding, accepting, valuing and celebrating differences among people with respect to age, class, ethnicity, gender, physical and mental ability, race, sexual orientation, spiritual orientation and public assistance status (Esty, Griffin, and Schorr-Hirsh, 1995).

Inclusion is a state of being valued, respected and supported. It is about focusing on the needs of every individual and ensuring the right conditions are in place for each person to achieve his or her full potential. Inclusion is about making sure the climate and the culture of STEM is willing to accept diversity and value the differences presented.

Most do well at physical, visual diversity but the intersection with inclusion is where the fall short. Creating a diverse group is achievable but without true inclusivity, the diverse management approach fails. To achieve success, the person as a whole, the intersectionality of the individual for diverse inclusion must be explored.