Part 1: Introduction to Intersectionality
Intersectionality is a key principle of DEI that is regularly overlooked in organizational diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). Organizational DEI leaders and practitioners acting on good intentions often fuel a misconception of diverse representation based on their DEI bias that tokenizes and singles out specific marginalized identities. This inaccurately silos the scope of DEI as exclusively race based and excludes other non-dominant group members from DEI work. The long term effects of this exclusion reinforces discriminatory standards maintaining larger systems of power and privilege under the control of dominant group members (White heterosexual able bodied cisgendered). Keep reading to learn more about intersectionality and how it impacts organizational leaders.