What is Intersectionality?

GVSU’s multifaceted and coordinated framework for equity and inclusion considers and affirms the role of multiple identities with relationship to various social contexts and interlocking systems of power, privilege, and oppression in shaping experiences of our community members. The University’s efforts broadly consider complex experiences and needs through multiple dimensions of identity, with particular centrality to marginalized identities.  While intentional focus on intersectionality is important, identity-specific efforts are necessary until full equality is realized. These efforts acknowledge important nuances within diverse communities and identities and allow for strategic attention that advances the work more broadly.

What is the purpose of Intersections events and initiatives?

Their purpose is to look at our complex world through multiple dimensions including race, gender, sexual orientation, ability, religion, class status, etc. By examining our various identities, we come to a deeper understanding of how they differently situate people in the economic, political and social world. This analysis also provides opportunities for participants to consider how privilege advantages certain groups of people while disadvantaging others.

These efforts reflect the the commitment of the Milton E. Ford LGBT Resource Center, Office of Multicultural Affairs, Gayle R. Davis Center for Women and Gender Equity, Disability Support Resources, and Campus Interfaith Resources - units in the Division of Inclusion and Equity - to utilize a social justice and intersectional framework in our collective work.

The shared values that define our work:

  • Social Justice-Focused
  • Equity-Minded
  • Student Success-Centered
  • Collaborative
  • Community-Engaged
  • Strategic, Data-Driven and Action-Oriented

A partnership between our five Social Justice Centers:

Campus Interfaith Resources


Disability Support Resources


Milton E. Ford LGBT Resource Center

LGBT Center

Office of Multicultural Affairs


Division of Inclusion and Equity

Gayle R. Davis Center for Women and Gender Equity

Women's Center

Page last modified July 26, 2018