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Webinar | C4DISC: Considering Identity When Working Towards a More Diverse, Equitable, and Inclusive Future

Intersectionality: Considering Identity When Working Towards a More Diverse, Equitable, and Inclusive Future

Tuesday, June 15, 2021 | 11:00 am–12:00 pm EDT

As individuals, we are never just one identity, and the concept of intersectionality highlights how multiple, overlapping identities—for example, race, class, gender, and sexuality—contribute to the ways in which marginalized groups of people experience discrimination. In this webinar, we’ll ask how this layering of identities impacts our experience of and contribution to our working environment. Join us as we explore what intersectionality means, how it can shape our professional experience, and what we can do to better support ourselves and our colleagues. 


Laura Martin, Senior Project and Change Manager, Wiley

Laura Martin is Senior Project and Change Manager at Wiley, where she co-chairs the Women of Wiley Employee Resource Group. She has written about the importance of inclusion in delivering business change that “sticks” in The Scholarly Kitchen and is on the SSP Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee. Laura has worked in strategy and business change roles in academic publishing for over eight years and is passionate about cultivating a cross-functional and inclusive approach to transformational business change. Laura lives in Oxford, UK.


Axelle AhanhanzoCustomer Success Manager, Elsevier

Axelle Ahanhanzo is Customer Success Manager at Elsevier, where she has been working for the past three years. Next to her work, she volunteers as the co-leader and co-founder of Embrace, an Elsevier Employee Resource Group (ERG) focused on race and ethnicity. She holds a BA in modern languages and European studies from the University of Birmingham (UK), an MSc in corporate communication from the University of Amsterdam (The Netherlands) and a certificate in DE & I in the workplace from the University of South Florida Muma College of Business.

Andolyn MedinaGeorge Washington University

Andolyn Medina is a naval officer, currently in her third year of her doctoral degree in clinical psychology at George Washington UniversityIn 2017, she graduated with her MA in forensic psychology, summa cum laude, and in August 2020, she received her MPsy in clinical psychology. In addition to being a full-time student, Andolyn is also seeing patients via teletherapy.

She’s committed to combatting human trafficking while promoting, educating and bringing awareness to this billion-dollar industry to schools, businesses, administrators, law enforcements, and parents. Medina is currently a volunteer with FAIR (Free, Aspire, Inspire and Restore) Girls, where she conducts presentations, webinars, and training and provides resources to victims. She’s actively involved with national organizations such as the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) and National Center for Victims of Crime, as well as the Georgia-based national initiative Demand an End. She’s an active member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. (Xi Omega Chapter) and enjoys reading, traveling and spending time with her puppy, Knowles, who is named after Beyonce.

Derek Victor, Consultant

Derek Victor (pronouns: he/him) is a cisgender, white, queer, disabled educator, writer and activist based in Ireland. He works with academic and corporate organisations on anti-prejudice activities, with a focus on the experiences of students and workers with disabilities, neurodiversities, learning differences, and mental health differences. He also offers training on the intersection of protected, marginalized, and privileged identities and the practices on diversity and inclusion through the lens of disability. He also works as a communications consultant, combining his knowledge of intersectionality, his background in biology and linguistics, and his talent for storytelling to help people in academia and industry to get their message across in a contemporary way.

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