All of Me: The Impact of Intersectionality on Work as a Child Life Specialist
Includes a Live Event on 10/15/2021 at 1:00 PM (EDT)
Intersectionality is a term that was first used by professor Kimberlѐ Crenshaw in an article published in 1989. Intersectionality is used to describe how race, class, gender and other personal characteristics overlap within a person’s personality. These identities can create both advantages and disadvantages, or discrimination versus privilege. The history of the word intersectionality will be discussed, along with the evolution of the term. This webinar will include a panel of diverse child life specialists who will discuss the ways in which their individual aspects of intersectionality impact their work as child life specialists.
1. Participants will gain an understanding of intersectionality, including the history of the term and current usage
2. Participants will learn how various child life specialists view intersectionality within their child life work
3. Participants will examine aspects of their own intersectionality and the impact that has on their work within the child life profession
Suggested Domain: Professional Responsibility
Nikki Orkoskey, MA, CCLS (she/her/hers) has been a child life specialist for more than 21 years. She has written and presented extensively on the topic of supporting patients who identify as LGBTQ+, with a focus on youth who identify as gender diverse. She has a professional interest in diversity and how aspects of our diversity play out in our personal and professional lives.
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