Lawrence Alexander, Director of College Counseling and Director of Diversity & Inclusion, recently attended the NAIS (National Association of Independent Schools) People of Color Conference in Anaheim, CA. On December 12, Lawrence shared some of what he learned and experienced at the conference with the community in a Morning Reading. He spoke about one of the most impactful presentations that he attended at the conference, a talk by Kimberlé Crenshaw, an American civil rights advocate and leading scholar of critical race theory.
Crenshaw is a professor at the UCLA School of Law and Columbia Law School, where she specializes in race and gender issues. Her presentation at the PoCC focused on the idea of Intersectionality, a term that she came up with to identify and explain the multiple biases and forms of discrimination faced by many people based on their identity groups. Click here to watch a TED Talk that she gave about Intersectionality in 2016.
“When feminism does not explicitly oppose racism, and when antiracism does not incorporate opposition to patriarchy, race and gender politics often end up being antagonistic to each other and both interests lose.” – Kimberlé Crenshaw
Lawrence really enjoyed his time at the conference and brought back a lot of information that he looks forward to sharing with the community. The Diversity and Inclusion Steering Committee does monthly presentations at Morning Meeting and the community benefits greatly from these important conversations. Lawrence said the following about his experience at the conference:
“I feel fortunate to have been given the opportunity by White Mountain to attend the People of Color Conference this year. The PoCC provides professionals of color and students of color the opportunity to connect, grow, and recharge. I was also impacted by the number of professionals and students of other ethnic and racial backgrounds who attended the conference. It suggests to me that NAIS fosters an environment where inclusion work truly includes everyone.”