I had the wonderful opportunity to learn and share at this year's White Privilege Conference. This conference has "examined challenging concepts of privilege and oppression and offers solution and team building strategies to work towards a more equitable world." I attended multiple workshops that focused on providing functional and practical advice on tackling the work of equity. I was moved by Ms. Stacey Gibson's presentation on how the popular frame of 'Equity' work results in the theft of work and momentum from women of color, most specifically Black women. Her analysis resonated deeply with me.
While at the conference I also had a chance to present my new workshop titled Intersectionality: The Antidote to D&I. This workshop applies an Intersectional critical framework, rooted in legal analysis, on institutional use of Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) policies and practices. The examination reveals that D&I policy are not created for to further liberation of marginalized folks. Rather, the programs deepen and strengthen the capitalistic commodification of marginalized folks for the purposes of increased profits. Kẏra presents a similar analysis in How to Uphold White Supremacy by Focusing on Diversity and Inclusion. I was glad to see this article also listed on Stacey's reading list.