In Leveraging Intersectionality: Seeing and Not Seeing, Dr. Payton offers a unique and careful examination of who is engaged in digital and social inclusion, who is not and why everyone should be. The Foreword is written by Johnnella E. Butler, Ed.D., former Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Spelman College.
The messages and challenges contained in her engaging and creatively structured book represent over twenty‐five years of personal and professional collaboration and observations in both computing corporate and academic settings. She worked in industry prior to joining the academy. All of the papers and articles were first circulated in a number of respected peer‐reviewed, scholarly publications. The inclusion of this work as the underpinning of Leveraging Intersectionality: Seeing and Not Seeing is not just intended to simply comprise a good anthology of previously published works. They are intended to illuminate, for those who are not students of the topic, how the dialogue, evaluations and recommendations surrounding the idea of leveraging intersectionality have evolved over this period.
Dr. Payton zealously believes that having respected leadership teams that represent a broad and strategic “intersection” of the world’s population is critical to navigating the increasing diversity and global integration of the 21st century technology workforce. In Leveraging Intersectionality, she launches a new and fresh way of having an open dialogue and creating a mutual understanding around the clearly positive and productive ways Leveraging Intersectionality or LI can benefit everyone. Dr. Payton calls them “Points of LI Exploration” and “Points of LI Action.” This overt and positive approach has the potential to transform not only the way we think about inclusion but also the way we think about talent management, development, engagement and leadership.
Read about her conversation on Leveraging Intersectionality (via Richer Press) and science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). She concluded by stating:
“Diversity and inclusion does not mean lowering the bar”.