All of Me: The Impact of Intersectionality on Work as a Child Life Specialist
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
Thank you to our generous sponsor of this webinar, Bank Street Graduate School of Education, for helping to provide this webinar programming for child life specialists.
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+, more specifically 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. Nikki currently works at the Mazzoni Center, an organization that provides comprehensive health and wellness services to the LGBTQ+ community in Philadelphia, PA.
Certified Child Life Specialist, MS, CCLS
Nemours/A.I. DuPont Hospital
Timmy Kuk, MS, CCLS (he/him/his) is a Child Life Specialist in at Nemours/A.I DuPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, DE. Timmy has been a CLS for just over a year now in the Emergency Department. Timmy is involved with a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion taskforce within the Emergency Department and strives to bring more DEI awareness for staff in conjunction to providing effective care to patients and families. Besides child life, Timmy also works as a Group Exercise Instructor and is a huge Marvel fanatic. He hopes to share his story to inspire diversity and inclusion for both students and clinicians within the child life community.
Michelle N. Konnagan
Michelle N. Konnagan, CCLS has been a certified child life specialist for 11 years. She has been in the child life field for over 17 years. She has a professional interest and experience working with children who have developmental disabilities and mental health diagnosis. Michelle currently works at Cincinnati Children's Hospital as a PRN child life specialist. She resides in Cincinnati, Ohio with her husband and two daughters.
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