Our Diversity Roundtable series is aimed at professionals actively working on improving diversity in their organisation. The next meeting in this series will explore the theme of intersectionality in the workplace.
What is intersectionality?
The term ‘Intersectionality’ was coined in 1989 by Professor Kimberlé Crenshaw to describe how race, class, gender, and other individual characteristics “intersect” with one another and overlap. A person with an intersectional identity can also be described as “standing in the middle of the road being hit by cars from many sides”.
A gay man may have to deal with homophobia in the workplace. A black man may have to deal with racism in the workplace. But a black gay man will have to deal with homophobia and racism, often at the same time. It is often the case that he will face racism inside the LGBT community and homophobia in the black community. Similarly, a disabled lesbian Muslim will have to deal with ableism, homophobia, Islamophobia, racism and sexism.
Having an intersectional identity often generates a feeling that someone does not completely belong in one group or another, and can lead to isolation, depression and other mental health issues.
Why attend this event?
We hope this event will help KQ partners acknowledge intersectionality, gain a better understanding of the terminology and explore how individuals and KQ organisations could create more inclusive environments where people with overlapping identities can succeed at all levels.
Who should attend?
This event is ideal for:
– Senior management
– HR and recruitment professionals
– People representing BAME, LGBTQ+ and similar networks
– People developing diversity and inclusion strategies
– Anyone who identifies themselves as having intersectional identities or wishes to learn more about this.
Diversity Roundtables are held bi-annually. Chatham House rules apply, so partners can openly discuss advances made since a previous roundtable as well as any challenges they face in this area.
Please email: Kacie.Shoulders@bl.uk to secure your seat at the table. Let us know if you would like to present a Lightning Talk at the Breakfast, or if you would like to host a roundtable.