Free ticketed event
The presenters will frame the session and set ground rules for inclusive interaction before guiding attendees through a role-playing activity, development of an intersectionality wheel, and the development of strategies for overcoming these power differentials in academia.
We will begin the special session with introductions, a discussion of the ground rules and the objectives for the session (30 minutes). In these introductions, we will have attendees share their name, preferred pronouns, and their interest and expertise in the topics of this workshop.
Then we will move into a series of role playing, fish bowl activities where volunteers will role play using provided, detailed character vignettes, and where an academic leadership team that consists of engineering administrators, engineering faculty, social science faculty, and a student officer of the Student Government Association is holding their first meeting as part of a diversity committee within the engineering college (60 minutes). After each round of the role playing scenario, groups of attendees will discuss identities within the team, the experiences of individuals on the teams, and discussions of broader structural inequalities that were brought to light through this scenario. Each attendee will then bring to mind a meeting that they have been a part of and consider these aspects of that meeting (individuals, identities, structural inequalities).
We will then identify intersectional “isms” that may produce boundaries and power differentials on interdisciplinary teams using role-play and individual experiences as starting points (60 minutes). With these “isms” identified (e.g., racism, tenurism, sexism, engineeringism), we will create individualized intersectionality wheels and consider how those “isms” impact lived experiences on teams. Intersectionality wheels include multiple spokes with each line representing an “ism” with the top half of the circle representing privileged positions and the bottom half representing oppression. An example of one of these lines is racism with white being on the privileged, upper half and people of color on the oppressed, bottom half of the circle (see https://www.awis.org/intersectionality/ for an example of an intersectionality wheel). After creating these intersectionality wheels and building awareness around privilege on teams, participants will reflect on and discuss strategies for surmounting, managing, and mitigating these boundaries and power differentials.
Finally, we will discuss power, privilege, and intersectionality as it aligns with each of the facilitators work (30 minutes, 5-6 minutes for each discussion). For example, we will share an intersectionality wheel that we created based on data collected from Vanessa and Nadia’s paiRED study (Partnering across insider-views of RED teams) that includes leadership team members with different social identities and roles on various RED teams. This final presentation will also provide additional readings and resources for attendees interested in learning more about power, privilege, and intersectionality. Attendees can take both the new strategies discussed in the session and the protocol for developing intersectionality wheels back to their institutions to facilitate a similar session to use with future interdisciplinary teams.
Arizona State University, interests include narratives, intersectionality, care of the self and power
University of New Mexico, interests include identity, agency, creativity, teamwork and design
interests include around power, social justice and pedagogies of liberation
interests include boundary work, epistemology, identity, and inclusivity
expertise around diversity and inclusion in STEM, teamwork and identity