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Event: Crenshaw to Speak at Ithaca College, Oct. 26, 2012

Executive Director Kimberlé Crenshaw is scheduled to speak this Friday at Ithaca College, in Ithaca, New York. From a press release issued by Ithaca College:

 ITHACA, NY — Kimberlé Crenshaw, recognized as one of the founders of Critical Race Theory, will discuss “Intersectionality in the Age of Post-Racialism” at Ithaca College on Friday, Oct. 26. Her free public talk, which is sponsored by the Ithaca College Center for the Study of Culture, Race, and Ethnicity, will take place at 7 p.m. in Textor 102.

Critical Race Theory is an academic discipline focused upon the application of critical theory — an examination of society and culture — to the intersection of race, law and power. Crenshaw’s body of legal scholarship on race has had enormous influence, and her groundbreaking work on “intersectionality” was influential in the drafting of the equality clause in the South African Constitution.

Crenshaw was the coeditor of “Critical Race Theory: Key Writings That Formed the Movement” and coauthor of “Words that Wound: Critical Race Theory, Assaultive Speech and the First Amendment.” She authored the background paper on race and gender discrimination for the United Nations World Conference Against Racism (WCAR) and coordinated efforts by nongovernmental organizations to ensure the inclusion of gender in the WCAR Conference Declaration.

Crenshaw serves as the faculty director of the Critical Race Studies program at UCLA Law School. In 1996 she cofounded the African American Policy Forum to house a variety of projects designed to deliver research-based strategies to better advance social inclusion. She has served as a member of the National Science Foundation’s committee to research violence against women and has consulted with leading foundations, social justice organizations and corporations to advance their race and gender equity initiatives.

Twice named Professor of the Year at UCLA Law School, Crenshaw has been honored with the Lucy Terry Prince Unsung Heroine Award presented by the Lawyers’ Committee on Civil Rights Under Law and the ACLU Ira Glasser Racial Justice Fellowship.

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Volunteer Opportunities with the Center for Intersectionality and Social Policy Studies

  The Center for Intersectionality and Social Policy Studies at Columbia Law School has just shared  call for volunteers.  The Center, founded in 2011 by AAPF Executive Director Kimberlé Crenshaw, is currently collaborating with AAPF on many exciting projects that help further both institution's commitment to fighting for gender and racial equality here in the US and abroad.  This is great and exciting way to volunteer your time!


From the Center:


Interested in affirmative action, the school-to-prison pipeline, disability studies, or gender discrimination?  Looking for opportunities to engage in cutting edge social justice work with a chance to design and create next generation tools to combat structural inequality in the United States?  Recently graduated and looking for a way to further develop practical skills that will help you stand out in your next interview?

The Center for Intersectionality and Social Policy Studies at Columbia Law School is proud to announce the opening of several volunteer opportunities for students and volunteers of all ages!

The Center engages in holistic social justice advocacy work tying together the resources of one of the nation’s preeminent law schools and the vision of our founder, Professor Kimberlé Crenshaw, to produce next generation advocacy reports, research, and community education tools currently used on the frontlines of the war for equality across myriad social justice movements.

Our past projects include: advocate toolkits used by community groups engaged in prison pipeline reform; a educational board game used to teach people of all ages about structural inequality throughout US history; and scholarly reports focused on resource disparities across race, class, and medical condition.

Past and present volunteers have joined us from across the nation, and from different academic disciplines, professions, and different career stages.  The Center takes a holistic approach to its institutional work as well as its personnel development—no matter what your prior experience, future career ambitions, or past exposure to social justice movements and work there is a place for you at the Center.

Current Needs:

  • College Students
  • Community Activists
  • Experienced Grant Writers
  • Graduate Students (social work, humanities, social sciences)
  • Graphic Designers (all skill levels)
  • Law Students
  • Researchers (familiarity with basic university-level research as well as aptitude with free search engines like Google Scholar)
  • Teachers/ Education Reform Advocates
  • Web Design (all levels)
  • Web/Social Media Marketing Gurus



  • We ask that volunteers commit to at least 2hrs a week per academic semester.



  • Volunteers based in the NYC-metro area will be given preference, but the Center is also open to volunteers able to telecommute.


If you are interested in exploring a volunteer opportunity with the Center please send resumé/CV as an email attachment to:  In your email please include a brief description of your interest in the Center.