When Cultural Competency and Intersectionality Backfire

Monday, June 7, 2020 3:30PM - 4:45PM

When Cultural Competency and Intersectionality Backfire

As more individuals gain an understanding of intersectionality and aim for inclusivity we must stop and ask ourselves if our efforts have unintended consequences. In my experience navigating the field as a student and now a working professional I cannot help but draw parallels to white supremacist colonial archetypes. Even the most well intentioned efforts, language, and programs can actually mimic what our colonizers did to our ancestors or living relatives. This program aims to raise awareness about such unintended consequences.