With the help of an IFYC Racial Equity and Interfaith Cooperation Grant, Mona Ibrahim, a professor of psychology, added a unit on intersectionality in her Psychology and Culture course at Concorida College in Moorhead, Minnesota. Students read and viewed some key resources on intersectionality selected to help them understand how an oppressed aspect of one’s identity often intersects with other oppressed aspects of identity, and how that might compound the oppression that an individual may experience.
Students wrote journal reflections on each one of the intersectionality resources and had the opportunity to discuss these resources in the online forum for the course. Students who posted on the forum received feedback comments from the professor and from their peers. Students also had that opportunity to share their personal reflections and questions on the topic during the weekly class meetings.
To assess the success of this initiative, we qualitatively evaluated the frequency and quality of students’ reflections with respect to intersectionality. In addition, we also used quantitative survey items both at the beginning of the course and at the end of it, after students had learned the intersectionality unit, to assess students’ understanding of the concept of intersectionality.