What is Intersectionality?

What is Intersectionality?

“Intersectionality” is an important concept today that helps us to understand how social differences and categories affect how people live their lives. In this course, we will discuss how this concept brings together gender, race/ethnicity, LGBTQIAA+ studies, and other ideas to better explain how the same thing in society can be very different across people.

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Class Duration: June 29-July 12

Class Size: 3-8 learners

Age Range: 14+

Total Price: $40

“Intersectionality” is an important concept today that helps us to understand how social differences and categories affect how people live their lives. In this course, we will discuss how this concept brings together gender, race/ethnicity, LGBTQIAA+ studies, and other ideas to better explain how the same thing in society can be very different across people.

We will discuss topics together and encourage learners to consider how they have intersectional experiences. 

Learners may choose whether or not to speak/use voice and whether or not to use a webcam. Learners may choose to interact using text in lieu of voice during class.  Out-of-class discussion documents will be available for learners to contribute ideas in non-real time.

Learners will have options between a live presentation or a pre-recorded audio/video presentation for class.

Live meetings 1pm EDT on Thursday, July 2 and Thursday, July 9

To interact in class: Computer with internet access, microphone strongly recommended, camera optional. 

For project: Relevant tools to create project and present (such as slide presentation program access if a slide presentation will be used).

1 hour for live session, 1-2 hours per week for out of class work

Learners need to be able to respect the social norms of a “safe space” and be able to self-reflect and present opinions in respectful ways.  Learners will need to be able to read material that may challenge their assumptions or values and interact in a constructive way. Learners need to be able to exercise open-mindedness when dealing with new ideas.

This is intended to be a college-preparatory class that will give learners a taste of topics that will be discussed at the college level. Learners will practice active listening, asking questions to understand and balancing personal lived experience with narrative from others.  Learners will gain access to commonly used standard, respectful terms that are used in discussions of social minorities. Learners will explore how history and social norms affect the lives of people today.

Families and learners will be invited to share with the instructor about any special needs or accommodations that are necessary or helpful for the class.  Families and learners will be able to contact the instructor with any concerns. Instructor will work with learners to choose a project format that works with learners abilities and needs.  Because this is a short class, instructor will not do individual check-ins for this class.

This class will cover many topics that are considered taboo or difficult because they are necessary to understand topics like intersectionality.  We will openly, maturely, and thoughtfully discuss sexism, racism, homophobia, transphobia, bigotry, oppression, sexual assault and similar topics in the context of understanding social context and identity.  We will also discuss in a matter-of-fact way sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender performance using resources like this.

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