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The Daily Praxis: Recognize Your Intersections

Recognize Your Intersections (Vulnerability) -

“If you have come to help me, you are wasting your time. But if you have come, because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together.” - Lila Watson

In our Centered Spaces Workshop on Understanding Intersectionality we have participants go through an activity.
During the activity, we list out 10 various social identities (recognizing it’s not an exhaustive list):

  1. Race or Ethnicity

  2. Geography - Urban/Rural/Suburban

  3. Gender Identity or Expression

  4. Spirituality/Religion

  5. Sexual Orientation

  6. Disability - Physical/Sensory/Emotional/Developmental

  7. Economic Class

  8. Age or Generation

  9. Immigration Status

  10. English Language Proficiency

Then we ask the participants to choose only one of the identities as the answer each of the following questions (questions can have the same identity as an answer):

  • The part of my identity that I am most aware of on a daily basis?

  • The part of my identity that I am least aware of on a daily basis?

  • The part of my identity that affords me the most access or privilege?

  • The part of my identity that makes me feel most discriminated against?

Today, let’s challenge ourselves to answer those questions for ourselves, and consider how this knowledge might impact our practice.

Camille CyprianComment