Positioning Yourself on the Spectrum of Intersectional Identities
90 minute workshop
This interactive workshop begins with building an understanding of our identities relative to each other to be reflected on regularly. With an emphasis on sharing stories, participants draw upon their lived experiences and discuss their identities relative to a spectrum of various societal privileges and distributions of power. The goal is to establish a reference vocabulary for personal introspection while laying the foundation of an ongoing self-reflective practice. Participants are asked to be available for the entirety of workshop. [max of 25 participants].
The intended learning outcomes are:
● Bring empathy towards others’ lived experiences for a better understanding of biases in society;
● Bring a self-awareness of unintended bias in the workplace;
● Establish a self-reflective practice to contextualize personal identity;
● Build an awareness of personal power and privilege;
● Establish a reference vocabulary for personal introspection
About the Speaker:
Shalini Agrawal is trained as an architect and brings over 25 years of experience in community-engaged practice and pedagogy. She is founder of Public Design for Equity, an equity-driven practice for equity-driven outcomes; co-director of Pathways to Equity, a design leadership program for social equity; and founder of FIELD Design Network, a forum that builds capacity for underrepresented designers. She is Associate Professor in Diversity Studies at California College of the Arts where she teaches at the intersection of design and community engagement. Shalini is a board member of Association for Community Design and Architects, Designers, Planners for Social Responsibility. She is an invited speaker and workshop facilitator at several national conferences and has been awarded the Interior Design Education Council's award for Community Service. She is a Leaderspring Fellow in the Women of Color 2020 Leaders cohort. Shalini is a contributing author to the new publications Design for Democracy: Techniques for Collective Creativity and Public Interest Design Education Guidebook.