Intersectionality: Cultivating Understanding Instead of Discrimination

Tuesday, April 27, 2021
Webinar at 12 p.m. ET

“Intersectionality draws attention to invisibilities that exist in feminism, in antiracism, in class politics, so obviously it takes a lot of work to consistently challenge ourselves to be attentive to aspects of power that we don't ourselves experience,” said Kimberlé Crenshaw, developer of intersectionality, in an interview with NewStatesman.

Intersectionality can be used to create paths of understanding and conversation versus perpetuating discriminatory beliefs. The awareness that intersectionality calls for is important in understanding the impact of our individual role to “show up” in our professions, families, communities, and as presidential spouses/partners at universities and colleges.

This webinar will provide an overview of intersectionality and how presidential spouses/partners can better understand their own individual intersectionality and the positioning of others, including marginalized groups, to be better equipped to do the critical work of educating and empowering students.

Our own intersectionality can provide us with powerful insights. Likewise, we must be mindful of our own bias, perspectives, and perceptions that can be damaging to us and to others. Being willing to learn and evolve in this critical area will help to ensure that we individually, and collectively, have a true and productive path forward.

This webinar is free for AASCU members.

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LaVette Burnette

LaVette Burnette is an associate professor of media and communication in the Department of Media, Culture, and the Arts at Middle Georgia State University - Cochran Campus. Burnette teaches basic communication and culture courses, along with gender and media studies. Her research interests include critical pedological practices in the classroom, along with exploring cultural violence prevalence and prevention with the use of network circles for Black women and women of color within the academy. Burnette serves on multiple committees, such as chairing the Academic Affairs Committee, member of the Faculty Senate, Academic Policy committee, various search committees, and involvement with various student clubs.

Andre Nicholson

Andre Nicholson is an associate professor in the Department of Media, Culture, and the Arts in the School of Arts and Letters at Middle Georgia State University - Macon Campus. Nicholson has been with Middle Georgia State University for eight years and has taught more than 10 different courses during that time. He currently teaches journalism, public relations, and mass communication, while also serving as the student media coordinator. Nicholson offers his expertise and guidance to students who are interested in the field of journalism, for both print and broadcast. He also serves as the faculty advisor for the Black Student Unification, which promotes diversity and awareness through student events around the university.


Alison Nooks

Alison Nooks is the proud presidential spouse of Kirk A. Nooks, president of Gordon State College in Barnesville, Georgia. Gordon is a part of the University System of Georgia (USG). Nooks is also the online academic program coordinator for the School of Arts & Letters and teaches media and communication for the Media, Culture and Arts Department at Middle Georgia State University (MGA) on the Macon Campus. Nooks joined MGA, also a USG institution, in August 2019. As the online academic program coordinator, she provides training and support for online teaching and works on a range of special projects. Nooks has more than 22 years of experience in higher education, with additional years working in government and industry. She also serves as the Affordable Learning Georgia Design Champion for MGA.

Who Should Attend:

  • Presidential spouses/partners
  • AASCU Members