When: Friday, March 10, 2023, 9 AM – 4 PM
Where: Science Collaborative Space (ST 142) (hybrid option available via Zoom)
What: Three panel discussions on Intersectionality in Academia, Disability Awareness, Black Mental Health
Price: free (registration required for lunch)
Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) is a crucial part of our conversations in the present moment where our society recognizes the need to build an environment where everyone feels safe and equal to any other member of their community. The term “Intersectionality” was coined by Kimberlé Crenshaw in 1989 to identify a framework that considers that a collection of factors coexists to affect an individual’s social identity. These intersecting identities must be considered as a whole when we attempt to understand the experiences of those that are marginalized.
The Graduate Students’ Association (GSA) acknowledges the imperative for understanding intersectionality issues to prompt action and change within and outside of UCalgary community. Intersectional issues remain largely unappreciated, within our graduate education and at the broader campus level. To truly realize EDI so that no one is excluded from this discourse, it is important to closely understand the experiences of people who are placed at the intersection of multiple minority identities. As such, three different GSA committees (EDI, Gender and Sexuality Alliance, Mental Health and Wellness) are collaboratively organizing the inaugural Intersectionality Symposium funded by the Quality Money program in which panelists shared their professional and lived experiences through semi-structured interviews. This symposium will contribute to creating a more inclusive and safer environment for graduate students who are placed at divergent intersections. This event will also provide an opportunity for UCalgary graduate students to educate themselves to enable them to act towards making a change.