Beyond Buzzwords: Intersectionality: Theory, Framework, Practice

Welcome! Here is our class page for our Intersectionality Course

Intersectionality has become a buzzword used often and often misused. This course examines and engages with primary resources of intersectionality as a theory, framework, and practice. We will discuss how this practice and theory has expanded, critiques, and ways we have done intersectionality incorrectly along with strategies for being better about each part of this critical practice.

Learning Objective:

Participants will examine and engage with intersectionality as a theory, framework, and praxis.

Learning Outcomes:

By the end of this course participants will be able to:

  • Discuss the origins of intersectionality as a critical race theory
  • List the ways structural, institutional, and systemic bias and oppression impact individuals
  • Create a plan of action for including an intersectional praxis / practice in work and life / community

This program meets the requirements of the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) and is approved for 4 CE credits. These CE credits may be applied toward AASECT certification and renewal of certification.

AASECT Human Sexuality Core Knowledge Areas

C: Socio-cultural factors in relation to sexual values and behaviors

H: Health/medical factors that may influence sexuality

N: Learning theory and its application

O. Professional communication and personal reflection skills

Completion of this program does not ensure or guarantee AASECT certification. For further information please contact

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DATES OF SESSIONS: Individual Study Fall 2019, check your welcome email.

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ANTE UP! requires an “all in” approach to community knowledge production. As we divest in disposability practices, we must invest in accountability. We will be challenged and uncomfortable on a regular basis while in this program. Each participant is expected to complete a self care and wellness plan to support them as they move through the certificate process. Participants are encouraged to purchase The Icarus Project’s webinar on triggers.

As a community of practice we will value an accountability process and communicate as directly as we can. Participants are expected to engage in revolutionary loving ways. We will gently remind and push one another to grow and expand together. We must all invest for an optimal outcome.

We are all worthy. We are all chosen. We are all going to mess up. We are all worthy.


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As an online space, many of us may be in our homes or other personal space as we engage with one another. We are expected to each act as hosts of this community of practice we welcome into our home. Performing niceness is not expected. Leaning on revolutionary love is valued. Hard work may be done quietly. We are here because we value the process of learning and unlearning. We acknowledge and honor our resistance and will work to open paths to fulfilling needs. We value self care strategies of support and will actively engage in a wellness plan / ritual / spiritual practice / etc. throughout this experience.

Communicating With Bianca

If you need to contact me please do so at this email address as I check it often through the day. If you need to reach me via text or telephone you may reach me at 240.603.3535. This is my personal home phone number please do not share this number without my consent. This is my accessibility exclusively for participants. My voicemail is in Spanish first than English.

SESSION I Slides: Intersectionality Part I-2


What is Intersectionality with Kimberle Crenshaw (Video)

Urgency of Intersectionality (Video)

Creative Time Presents Kara Walker (Video)

Kara Walker – The Audience 2014 Trailer (Video)


Referenced scholars and work with citations as Intersectionality_ People References

Tier 1: Donna Kate Rushin. (1981). The Bridge Poem. This Bridge Called My Back pp xxi

Emi Koyama Trans Feminist Manifesto

Tier 2: Patricia Hill Collins Intersecting Oppressions

Weber Understanding Race, Class, Gender, and sexuality: A Conceptual Framework (BOOK)

Paula Allen Gunn. 1986. Who Is Your Mother? Red Roots of White Feminism. Retrieved January 12, 2018

Tier 3: Crenshaw, Kimberle. (1989). Demarginalizing the Intersections of Race and Sex: A Black Feminist Critique of Antidiscrimination Doctrine, Feminist Theory, and Antiracist Politics University of Chicago Legal Forum. 1(8).Retrieved January 12, 2018.

Glen Dixon (2017).  How Kara Walker Boldly Rewrote Civil War History. The Smithsonian, October, 26 2017. Retrieved on April 9, 2018.


Activity 1: Identity Maps worksheet


How does intersectionality discuss identity? Which identities are always included when discussing intersectionality? What work paved a way for Crenshaw? How is something intersectional and when is it not intersectional? What are strategies to understanding and reflecting upon power? Why is psychology been one of the larger fields to include an intersectional framework?

SESSION II Intersectionality Slides Part II


Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza

Mary Daly responds (to Audre Lorde)


Tier 1: Audre Lorde, Lorde – Open Letter to Mary Daly. Retrieved April 9, 2018

Audre Lorde, The Transformation of Silence into Language and Action*. Retrieved August 5 2019 

Palante, Siempre Palante!An interview with Richie Perez

Tier 2: Nieto and Boyer, Understanding Oppression- Strategies in Addressing Power and Privilege.

Bowleg, Lisa. (2008). When Black + Lesbian + Woman ≠ Black Lesbian Woman: The Methodological Challenges of Qualitative and Quantitative Intersectional Research. Sex Roles. (google drive)

Ferguson, Sian. (2010).  Kyriarchy 101: We’re Not Just Fighting the Patriarchy Anymore. Retrieved on April 7, 2018.

Tier 3: Lisa. (2010). Kyriarchy Not Apologies. Retrieved on April 7, 2018.

Lisa (2010). Truthout About Kyriarchy: An Open Letter to “Feminist” Writers, Bloggers, and Journalists. Retrieved on April 7, 2018.


Activity 1: Social Identity Profile (complete in course) SIP 2017


Why are these earlier texts and oral narratives important to our conversations about  intersectionality? What forms of care do we notice? How is there tension among feminists writers of the 70s and 80s and today? How may we take the theory and framework of intersectionality and put it into practice? Can an intersectional conversation be presented and offered to young people? What are ways we can imagine activities for a classroom or learning space on intersectional theory? How may we use art? How may we implement kyriarchy? What ways may this course impact our personal philosophy (teaching, community building, loving, etc.).

How does kyriarchy help us understand intersectional theory and framework? What does kyriarchy in practice look like? Why is kyriarchy important to an intersectional understanding? What is kyriarchy and how may we explain it to others? How does intersectional theory, practice, and work inform research?