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Race Equality Charter FAQs: Intersectionality

The answers to some frequently asked questions about intersectionality in your application for the Race Equality Charter

What does Advance HE mean by 'intersectionality'?

People’s identities and social positions are shaped by several factors at the same time, creating unique experiences and perspectives. These factors include, among others, age, disability, gender identity, pregnancy and maternity status, race, religion, sex and sexuality. For example, the experiences of, and outcomes within, higher education will be very different for a Black woman compared to a White woman. In practice, intersectionality is less about bringing two different factors together, (eg older people and disabled people) and more about considering the experience of older disabled people, people at the ‘intersection’ of older age and disability.

What level of intersectionality detail is required within our application?

Within your Race Equality Charter application we expect intersectionality to be considered increasingly as you progress your race equality work. For first-time Bronze applicants, this consideration might be aspirational (for example to begin building in mechanisms to understand and explore intersectionality). As institutions apply to renew their Bronze award or move on to a Silver award, this thinking should be respectively more advanced; strategies and actions should be more nuanced, reflecting the complexity of multiple identities.