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Intersectionality and Identity Issues in the Information Professions

Intersectional Theory was introduced by Kimberlé W. Crenshaw, Professor of Law at Columbia Law School and the University of California, Los Angeles, in “Demarginalizing the Intersection of Race and Sex: A Black Feminist Critique of Antidiscrimination Doctrine, Feminist Theory and Antiracist Politics
The University of Chicago Legal Forum 140:139-167 (1989)

Also see this 2016 Ted Talk by Crenshaw, The urgency of intersectionality

How is this topic is discussed in the Information Professional community:

Discussion of intersecting axes of privilege, domination and oppression.
Source: Kathryn Pauly Morgan,. “Describing the Emperor’s New Clothes: Three Myths of Educational (In-)Equity” in The Gender Question in Education: Theory, Pedagogy, and Politics>, ed. A. Diller, B. Houston, K.P. Morgan, and M. Ayim. (Boulder, CO: Westview. Press, 1996)

The Diversity Wheel: an intersectionality diagram, a helpful visual tool for understanding this topic from Johns Hopkins University’s Diversity Leadership Council

Making a New Table: Intersectional Librarianship, by Fobazi Ettarh, In the Library with the Lead Pipe, 2014.

Intersectionality at the Reference Desk: Lived Experiences of Women of Color Librarians, by Annie Pho and Rose L. Chou, In The Feminist Reference Desk: Concepts, Critiques, and Conversations. UCLA: Library, 2017.

Members, please let us know via SLA Connect DICE if you know of additional resources we should add here.

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SLA President Roberto Sarmiento

Statement of Purpose

SLA’s Diversity, Inclusion, Community, Equity (DICE) Caucus is a permanent, organized presence of diversity and inclusion (D&I) within and for the association and its members. All SLA members may join DICE at no charge. DICE provides tools and more for units and members. 



Events, Webinars, Links, RSS

Events, webinars, etc. – conferences, lectures, webinars on Diversity Inclusion Equity and Community in LIS:
  • STAND Symposium– The first forum in this four-part series will begin with a dialogue that assesses the significance of documenting student activists within contemporary movements of social injustice impacting marginalized communities and with those directly engaging in this work—student activists. February 21, 2019 at AUC Woodruff Library, Exhibition Hall, Atlanta, Georgia.  Free & Open to the public.
  • Archives and Diversity at the Manchester Meeting Place in Manchester, UK on April 5, 2019.  The focus of the afternoon will be on diversity in the Archives workforce and methods of improving inclusivity.  Free & Open to the public.
  • ACRL 2019 – Recasting the Narrative. April 10 – 13, 2019, at the Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland.  Please see this great Google Doc on the sessions put together by Eamon Tewell – Critical ACRL 2019
  • From Community to Curriculum: Translating Social Responsibility into Archival Education  – April 12-13, 2019- This symposium seeks to begin a discussion about creating an archival curriculum that addresses contemporary societal needs while at the same time honoring traditional archival theory and that explores theoretical frameworks, methodologies and best practices for teaching archives in a socially conscious environment.  Simmons University – School of Management, Boston, MA.  Free & Open to the public.
  • Bridge Over Troubled Waters: Libraries Empowering Communities – Annual Joint-Mini Conference – May 10, 2019 –Presentations will focus on how to better support our multicultural communities through empowering multicultural collections.  Langston Hughes Library, Queens, N.Y.
  • CAPAL19: The Politics of Conversation: Identity, Community, and Communication – CAPAL/ACBAP Annual Meeting – June 2 -4, 2019 The Canadian Association of Professional Academic Librarians – Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences 2019.   To be held at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓ əm (Musqueam) people.
  • SLA Annual Conference will have several DICE events.  The conference June 14-18, 2019 in Cleveland OH.
  • IDEAL ’19 to be held Tuesday–Wednesday, August 6–7, 2019 formerly the National Diversity in Libraries Conference.  Advancing Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility in Libraries & Archives.  To be held in the Ohio State University campus in Columbus, Ohio.