High school students experience conflicting stressors on a daily basis, balancing school, work and social life along with sports or other after-school activities while still trying to figure out the next steps in their lives. Some students, however, face additional pressures. Cecile Gadson studies the experiences of black adolescent girls in high school and the microaggressions they face every day, specifically at the intersection of gender and race.
Addressing Injustice through Intersectionality
Intersectionality, a term introduced more than 30 years ago, describes how social categorizations such as race, class, gender, and other social characteristics “intersect” and overlap in the experiences of marginalized groups. In 2015, Patrick Grzanka was looking for a way to bring together researchers on campus who study these intersections—and the Intersectionality Community of Scholars was created.