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Intersectionality & Higher Education

Theory, Research, & Praxis

Edited By Donald Jr. Mitchell, Jakia Marie and Tiffany Steele

Intersectionality is a term coined by Kimberlé Crenshaw in 1989. A scholar of law, critical race theory, and Black feminist thought, Crenshaw used intersectionality to explain the experiences of Black women who – because of the intersections of race, gender, and class – are exposed to exponential forms of marginalization and oppression. Intersectionality & Higher Education documents and expands upon Crenshaw’s ideas within the context of U.S. higher education. The text includes theoretical and conceptual chapters on intersectionality; empirical research using intersectionality frameworks; and chapters focusing on intersectional practices. The volume may prove beneficial for graduate programs in ethnic studies, higher education, sociology, student affairs, and women and gender studies alike.
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Chapter Eighteen: The Women of Color Circle: Creating, Claiming, and Transforming Space for Women of Color on a College Campus


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Creating, Claiming, and Transforming Space for Women of Color on a College Campus


We seldom think of conversation as a commitment, but it is. (Imara, as cited in hooks, 1993, p. 16)

Many students often feel that they have no voice, that they have nothing to say that is worthy of being heard. That is why conversation becomes such a vital intervention, for it not only makes room for every voice, it also presupposes that all voices must be heard. (hooks, 2009, p. 15)

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