Writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie states, "Many stories matter. Stories have been used to dispossess and malign, but stories can also be used to empower and to humanize.” In this interactive program, participants experience performed personal stories on identity and difference that demonstrate how racism, other forms of privilege, and intersectionality play out in people's everyday lives. The raw, complex stories serve as a stepping-stone for deepening dialogue on diversity and inclusion. Together we will uncover the intersections we all experience in our identity as an entry point to foster empathy and understand the systems of injustice that exist in our nation and in our local communities. Lastly, we share tools participants can incorporate into their everyday lives to further justice, equity and inclusion within their schools, communities, and work.
Intersections is rooted in the following objectives for participants:
Reflect upon one’s own identity, position and role in the community.
Build awareness around the diverse identities/experiences present within our community.
Provide a framework for understanding how issues of racism, sexism, poverty, etc. also affect the everyday lives of their peers.
Gain tools to promote inclusion amongst their peers, colleagues, and local community.