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"Intersectionality is a fundamental belief that an individual’s class, race, sexual identity and all other factors are mutually important in their life experience and these identities cannot be isolated from one another. The GLAM (Galleries, Libraries, Archives, Museums) sector can use intersectionality to ensure that all people are included in the conversation and represented, to expand the narrow visitor base in an ethical and sensitive way". (Jass Thethi, 2020)
The University of Lincoln Library has an intersectional view in thinking about how we approach issues around marginalised voices. By focusing on only one subject at a time we risk under-representing or erasing other important factors. In addition to the decolonising agenda in the University, it is important to include class, race, sexual identity and all other factors which are mutually important in a person's life experience and these identities cannot be isolated from one another.
The aim of this guide is to curate and disseminate useful resources related to equality, diversity and intersectionality.
Initially, the focus will be on the race and decolonisation section but with the aim to make it part of an evolving process with input and development from staff and students and embedded within the University of Lincoln One Community principles.
Although the menus reflect different aspects to diversity, the intersectional approach means that we cannot look at each of these in isolation. For example, a white, disabled gay man will have a different experience to that of a black trans woman.
The Eleanor Glanville Institute (EGI) is the University of Lincoln's department for diversity and inclusion. Led by Professor Belinda Colston, the EGI specialises in the development and evaluation of EDI strategies and interventions, and their impact across the sector. They carry out interdisciplinary research that critiques and challenges social exclusion and inequality in contemporary society, exploring issues of, and connections between, gender, race, ethnicity, sexuality, class and disability. Outcomes of their research inform and influence evidence-based policy and shape best-practice both within the UK and internationally. To find out more, visit the website at http://eleanorglanvillecentre.lincoln.ac.uk/