The “Intersectionality Learning Circles” involves a collaborative study and partnership between legal advocates, activists, community organizers, educators, researchers and scholars. These learning circles, which will be launched as a project of the African American Policy Forum in 2010, are geared towards developing policy and advocacy interventions to support populations who are dealing with multiple and intersecting forms of discrimination, on the basis of race, gender, class, sexuality, ethnicity, religion, age, disability, citizenship, and related statuses.

Each circle focuses on a particular issue, site or theme. For example, one of our current pilot learning circle is organized around the issues that formerly incarcerated women of color face upon re-entry to the community.  Most of the re-entry literature focuses on challenges that men face, however women in general — and African American women in particular — face unique obstacles in securing employment, housing, and family reunification.  This particular learning circle is designed to bring various research, advocates, and formerly incarcerated women together to share vital information about the nature of these challenges and to forge a broader vision of re-entry work to encompass intersectional barriers faced by women and advocates working in the issue area.

Our Goals:

  1. to pull together stakeholders who have different knowledge bases about a particular problem, in order to share and develop a more comprehensive strategic analysis;
  2. to explore and reveal the dynamics of intersectionality in practice—that is, the participants attend to how, at the juncture of multiple dynamics such as gender, race, class, sexuality, disability, age, religion, and citizenship, particular experiences may be erased from our conceptions of intervention, or intensely stigmatized, or poorly represented;
  3. to network and develop direct action or collaborative plans which disrupt and remedy the problems caused by intersectional dynamics of discrimination and subordination, thereby catalyzing more effective legal advocacy, policy development, public education, community partnerships and effective problem-solving.


If you are willing to contribute a written commentary for our electronic magazine or give your permission to reproduce one of your former writings broadly related to the topic of “Women of Color Reentry Issues” for review,  please send your work to

If you are willing to write a new piece, we ask that your commentary only be between 500-750 words. We are hoping to publish the bulletin in April 2011, making the deadline for any submissions March 21st, 2011.



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