Dr. Robert Pettit
The First Wisdom of sociology is this: things are not what they seem.
industrialization and urbanization. That is all ye know, and all ye need to know.
Previous generations of D&I doers have been battling rapidly changing laws and policies in order to stay on top of affirmative action mandates. There is an upcoming change in the guiding philosophies of D&I efforts. Institutions are taking the next step beyond fair representation, and truly utilizing the differences in experiences and perspectives of their employees, otherwise known as intersectionality, to overcome institutional challenges.
Intersectionality refers to the multiple statuses and social categories that a given person belongs to collectively, in other words, all the pieces that make up the whole. It brings with it an increased understanding that each person's story is unique; For instance, no two people experience their race, gender, family, social class, religion, sexual orientation, and the multitude of other statuses in the exact same way. Intersectionality helps the future of D&I by accounting for diversity of experiences and invisible diversities.
Sociology is a major contributor to the new philosophy. Not only does sociology provide the theories that build intersectional research, it also teaches three main competencies at its core: