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Intersectionality: What It Is and Ways to Address It

Wednesday, June 11, 2014 
8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. 
Sky Room, Holmes Student Center

by Diane J. Goodman, Ed.D.
Smith College School of Social Work and State University of New York—New Paltz


Diane Goodman

While “intersectionality” is the new buzzword, there are many ways people use the term and apply this approach in teaching and scholarly activities. In general, intersectional theory maintains that multiple social identities and forms of marginalization operate simultaneously and interplay. In this interactive workshop, we’ll discuss some of the core tenets of intersectionality, ways to conceptualize them, and strategies for incorporating an intersectional lens in our teaching and scholarly activities to make them more inclusive.

Dr. Diane J. Goodman has been educating about diversity and social justice for over 25 years. As a trainer and consultant, she has worked with a wide range of organizations, community groups, schools and universities. Diane has been teaching in the areas of education, psychology, social work, and women’s studies. In addition, she was the Director of Human Relations Education and the Interim Affirmative Action Officer at the University of Rhode Island. She currently teaches at the Smith College School of Social Work (Northampton, MA) and at the State University of New York at New Paltz. She regularly presents at national conferences and speaks and writes about social justice issues. Diane is the author of the book Promoting Diversity and Social Justice: Educating People from Privileged Groups, 2nd ed. (Routledge, 2011) and other publications.

Tentative Agenda

8:30 am
Check-in and refreshments
8:55 am
Welcome and introductions
9:00 am
Core tenets of intersectionality; conceptualizing and exploring an intersectional approach
10:00 am
Refreshment break
10:15 am
Implications and applications to teaching and research
12:00 pm
Conclusion and workshop evaluation

Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center

Registration Information

The workshop is open to all faculty, instructors, staff, and administrators. Registered participants will receive workshop materials, refreshments, and a certificate of participation. Advance registration is required. 

Registration Deadline: Friday, June 6, 2014. Registration is now closed.

Due to the expensive nature of the program and the advanced notice needed for arranging food and materials, please register by the deadline and plan to attend the entire workshop. After you register, if you are unable to attend, please cancel your registration by June 9, 2014 at or by emailing the Center at so that those on the waiting list can be given the opportunity to attend the workshop or program costs can be reduced.

Last Updated: 07/16/2014