Intersectionality Conference

Please join us for the Kennesaw State University 2022 Intersectionality Conference, sponsored by KSU’s Division of Diverse and Inclusive Excellence, which seeks to create a culture of inclusion at KSU where all members of the community can achieve excellence and success.

Below is information from the 2021 Intersectionality Conference.

At a Glance

When? Friday, November 5th, 2021, 8:45 AM - 4:00 PM

Where? KSU Center (3333 Busbee Dr NW, Kennesaw, GA 30144) / Online on ZOOM

Cost? Free! 

In-Person Attendance

Because of the limitations imposed by the Coronavirus pandemic, in-person attendance will be limited to 50 in-person attendees.  Those attending in person will be asked to wear a mask and adhere to social distancing practices.  At this point we HAVE reached capacity for in-person attendance and ask all new registrants to choose the Online option.

Online Attendance

For those who cannot attend in-person, we will have unlimited online registrations. Online participants will be able to attend all sessions, including the keynote address, via Zoom. Online participants will be asked to adhere to our netiquette policies.

Find Out More

What is Intersectionality?

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The term intersectionality is generally attributed to Professor of Law at UCLA, Kimberlé Crenshaw, who coined the term in her 1989 paper, "Demarginalizing the Intersection of Race and Sex: A Black Feminist Critique of Antidiscrimination Doctrine, Feminist Theory and Antiracist Politics." [1]  At its core, intersectionality is a way of thinking about things like privilege and discrimination by taking into account that there are multiple factors which make up the individual’s identity.  A person’s experiences may be shaped by society’s marginalization of their race, but that discrimination may also intersect with experiences of discrimination against other factors of their identity such as gender, sexuality, disability, and other physical characteristics. Because of this, the impact on their lives can be even more devastating.

This is why, at the Kennesaw State University 2021 Intersectionality Conference, we are looking forward to learning more about intersectionality: both what it is and how concerned members of the community can make an impact. 

Meet the Keynote Speaker

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  • Jayme Alilaw

    Jayme Alilaw

    Jayme Alilaw believes that empowered women will transform the world, that the voices of the oppressed must be elevated in order to restore balance, and that everyone can, and should, sing! As an Army Combat Veteran, executive coach, entrepreneur, educator, performing artist, activist, and mother to a college freshman, Jayme finds that her varied passions and intersecting identities uniquely position her to think big and see possibility everywhere. With her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Vocal Performance and over 15 years of experience as an opera singer and vocal coach, a unifying theme in all she does is empowerment accessed by honoring the inner voice, emboldening the speaking voice, and freeing the singing voice.

Sessions & Schedule

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8:45 AM - Registration

Join us for introductions in person or online before the conference gets underway.

9:45 AM - Welcome 

Meet your conference hosts and presenters and learn a little bit more about intersectionality at KSU.

10:00 AM - Keynote Address - Lift Every Voice: Centering the Intersections - Jayme Alilaw

Join us as we welcome Jayme Alilaw. Read more about Jayme here. 

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11:00 AM - Session 1

  • Presented by Dr. Seneca Vaught, Dr. Jesse Benjamin, Dr. Neysa Figueroa, & Dr. Ernesto Silva

    The practice of intersectionality at KSU has been pioneered by the President's Commission on Racial and Ethnic Dialogue (CORED) in some innovative and impactful ways since its inception in 2010. This panel outlines some of the challenges and accomplishments of this collaborative commission focusing on the outcomes of four former co-chairs of CORED. The panel explores some of the unique challenges of interracial and interethnic dialogue at KSU while highlighting some of the successful accomplishments that continue to shape the trajectory of the institution.

  • Presented by Ryan Keesee

    Join the Assistant Director of Student Leadership and Service as we explore the intersections of our identities through an immersive activity. The Identity Tree is an opportunity to consider what privileges you may or may not own, their implications, and debrief your experience. All participants leaf with their own Identitree!

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  • Presented by the student group from Recruitment, Retention, and Progression to Graduate Program for Hispanic and Latino Students

    In today’s culture of trying to be all-inclusive, the label Latinx (a term used to be gender-neutral or a nonbinary alternative to Latino or Latina), is not supported by more than two thirds of individuals who relate to or are of Latin American descent. Come join us as we ask why and find out how allowing members of their community to be move involved in proposing alternatives is better than just having a label imposed on them.

12:00 PM - Lunch 

Take a break and network with peers and colleagues interested in issues of intersectionality.

1:00 PM - Session 2

  • Presented by James Stinchcomb & Maggie Thomas

    Anyone, no matter their sexual orientation or gender identity, can support the LGBTQ+ community, but truly being an Ally takes action. Allies work to stay informed on current LGBTQ+ issues and events, speak up for what’s right, and support equality by fighting for policies that protect LGBTQ+ individuals from discrimination. Allies are important supporters of the LGBTQ+ movement, as they have one of the most powerful and influential voices. They create platforms for activism and advocate for equal treatment for all people, regardless of sexual orientation. So, do you find yourself just saying you are an Ally or are you taking action? Find out more from firsthand stories and experiences about what it truly means to be an ally! 

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  • Presented by Britt Pickering & Jessica Duvall

    Every student deserves to feel confident in the clothes they wear. In this presentation, we’ll explore how the OwlSwap and Transcend closets serve the campus community through minimizing financial barriers to quality clothing, provide access to gender-affirming clothing, and promote sustainable consumption of clothing-- all in safe and inclusive environments.

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  • Presented by Dr. Erin Kathleen Bahl and Tyra Douyon
    As course participants who help create and shape online learning spaces, students can contribute to academic web accessibility in important ways. This presentation shares an in-progress research/teaching project sponsored by a Disability Strategies and Resources faculty fellowship through KSU's Office of Diverse and Inclusive Excellence. The project's goal is to create resources to help KSU students write and design accessibly in online course spaces such as D2L. Presenters will share preliminary findings from an ongoing classroom study and a literature review on accessible writing pedagogy, then invite attendees to respond with feedback, recommendations, and further discussion.

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2:00 PM - Session 3

  • Presented by multiple members of the Presidential Commission on Disability Strategies and Resources

    An overview of the work of multiple KSU departments demonstrating how KSU is responding to the needs of students with disabilities, what resources are offered, and how you can participate.

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  • Presented by Theresa Alviar-Martin, Kathryn Gaylord-Miles, and Marcella Araujo

    What is a global perspective? How have you developed a global perspective, and how has it informed your identity? In this interactive inquiry session, we invite KSU faculty, staff, and students to share stories and experiences that helped shape their understanding as members of an interconnected human community. The session will challenge our assumptions and culminate in discussions to explore how global perspectives can contribute to campus-wide efforts in building a more inclusive culture. 

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  • Presented by Megan Williams and Samantha Torres

    The prevalence of oppressive, euphemistic, or misrepresentative language within descriptions of collections found at research institutions such as libraries and archives is abundant. Inherent bias is deeply embedded in our finding aids and classifications, so what steps are being taken to redescribe collections with transparency and accountability in our 21st century world? Find out more about how archivists and librarians are doing their part to recognize and challenge institutional power imbalances and false historical narratives. 

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    Note: This recording did not capture the full session.

3:00 PM - Session 4

  • Presented by the Presidential Commission on Gender and Work Life Issues

    This panel will explore current, visible examples of gender inequality in sport. It will explain the requirements of Title IX and clear up common misconceptions. The panel will cover how institutions comply with Title IX and ensure equitable experiences for their students.  

  • Presented by Theresa Alviar-Martin, Kathryn Gaylord-Miles, and Marcella Araujo

    What is a global perspective? How have you developed a global perspective, and how has it informed your identity? In this interactive inquiry session, we invite KSU faculty, staff, and students to share stories and experiences that helped shape their understanding as members of an interconnected human community. The session will challenge our assumptions and culminate in discussions to explore how global perspectives can contribute to campus-wide efforts in building a more inclusive culture. 

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  • Presented by Kandice Fowlkes

    As the intersection of race and gender is a feat for the strong Black man and strong Black woman, the double-edged sword is the deterioration of mental health overlooked by the need to maintain the guise of perfection. The social disadvantages of this intersection include a myriad of traumas such as financial stability, violence and oppression, and the internal stigma of judgment, which causes Black men and Women to delay or go undiagnosed for mental health disorders. In turn, this enables an unstable community to unite for mental health reform. Aside from seeking medical help, the conversation of mental health reform can begin with creative outlets that help gauge the strong Black man and woman’s appeal to emotions, and thus demarginalize the intersection of race and gender for the Black psyche.

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Presidential Commissions

The Intersectionality Conference is hosted by the six Presidential Commissions that serve as advisory committees to KSU’s President and the Chief Diversity Officer. The commissions are:

The six commissions are tasked with identifying and implementing programming and policies that provide an increased understanding and acceptance of diverse viewpoints and perspectives among KSU’s diverse community.

Conference Sponsors

  • Logo for Division of Diverse and Inclusive Excellence

    Division of Diverse and Inclusive Excellence

    The Division of Diverse and Inclusive Excellence at Kennesaw State University seeks to foster an inclusive learning and work environment that promotes an understanding of, and appreciation for, difference through initiatives, programs, services, and training.

  • Logo for Museum, Archives, & Rare Books at KSU

    Department of Museums, Archives, & Rare Books

    The LGBTQ oral history series documents the experiences of members of the LGBTQ community of Cobb County, Georgia and surrounding counties. This series is part of the Kennesaw State University Archives Oral history project. This project was developed in 2014 by KSU archivists and staff members to document the history of underrepresented communities in north and northwest Georgia.

Community Partners

  • Logo for Atlanta Pride

    Atlanta Pride

    The Atlanta Pride Committee is Georgia's oldest non-profit agency serving the LGBTQ community and serves as an advocate of, and resource to, gender and sexually diverse communities in Atlanta and the Southeastern United States. The mission of the Atlanta Pride Committee is to advance unity, visibility, and wellness among persons with widely diverse gender and sexual identities through cultural, social, political, and educational programs and activities.

  • Logo for Film Impact Georgia

    Film Impact Georgia

    We dedicate ourselves to empowering individuals in the film and television industry by nurturing community leaders, advocating for the underrepresented and inspiring change both locally and throughout the state. We leverage our leadership, commitment and influence towards reducing the imbalances that exist today in an industry that is capable of altering the human condition.

  • Read 4 Unity Logo

    Read 4 Unity

    Read 4 Unity is a 501(c)(3) non-profit who aims to be the bridge that inspires diverse narratives through one book at a time. By collecting and distributing diverse books to carefully identified community partners, together, we can leave lasting marks.

Netiquette Statement: Because online participation will be open to members inside and outside the KSU community, the Zoom rooms will be set up to allow entrance without signing in. Participants may interact with the moderator (including submitting questions for breakout presenters) and interact with one another using the chat feature of Zoom. 
Participants are asked to please be considerate and follow standard netiquette protocol in their interactions. While open dialogue and honest questions are encouraged, participants will remain respectful in their interactions. To ensure the quality of experience for all participants and the integrity of the speaker, topic, and conference, all rooms will be actively monitored by moderators, who will watch closely for any disruptive behavior (such as foul or abusive language) in the rooms. Any participant deemed by the moderator to be disruptive will be removed from the virtual session.

[1] Carbado, Devon W. (2013). "Colorblind Intersectionality". Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society. 38 (4): 811–845.