INCLUSIVE LEADERSHIP SPOTLIGHT SERIES


 

Intersectionality

Join Akosua Adomako Ampofo as she discusses a pathway to collective healing. 

Humans have always lived with pain and trauma; however, the internet and technology have enabled a level of global sharing, at breakneck speed, in real time not experienced until now.  If we are to survive--move forward in any kind of journey of healing, wholeness, and reciprocal existence, we must recognize that “healing is an act of communion".  This implies being intentional in our efforts to understand how inequality operates, feel others pain and build empathy and restoration into our work.  

Scholars and activists have long acknowledged that various forms of inequality are interlinked.  Our ways of engaging with them intellectually and personally also expose the extent of our own power, privilege, and/or lack thereof.  How do we come to the questions we ask in our work? How do we gauge our methods so that our work can alleviate inequalities and lead to justice?  Do we address the multidimensional character of inequalities, and if so, how? While we may recognize that we can simultaneously experience privilege and disadvantage, and that this experience is context-driven, we have paid less attention to the diverse ways in which the one can inform our experiences of, and responses to the other.  In this lecture I will  suggest how the intersection of experiences of dis/advantage, discrimination, favoritism, even trauma, can enhance our work through an active focus on questions of in and exclusion, in-group vs out-group dynamics, and solidarity building.