Advanced NH Leadership Series Topic #3

Online Only

United States

Exploring Intersectionality: Creating a better world for ourselves and our families


Exploring Intersectionality: Creating a better world for ourselves and our families

Thursdays 4:00 to 6:00 pm
All sessions are virtual via zoom

  • January 14, 2021
  • January 28, 2021
  • February 11, 2021
  • February 25, 2021

Description: For many decades, people with disabilities and their families have advocated against ableism - systemic discrimination and social prejudice against disabled people or people who are perceived to have disabilities. People with disabilities who also belong to communities of color, the LGBTQ+ community and other marginalized communities also advocate for civil rights and social justice in ways that take into account how different forms of discrimination and prejudice overlap and connect to each other. School segregation, police violence, institutionalization, mass incarceration, medical discrimination, homelessness, and sexual violence disproportionately affect disabled people who experience prejudice. In this series, participants will explore the meaning of ableism at the individual and societal levels, and different strategies that disabled people and our allies use to fight ableism, racism, and other forms of systemic discrimination and prejudice. Participants will gain critical knowledge along with tools and strategies to better practice cross-community advocacy.

This topic will be open to all who are interested, not only NH Leadership Graduates.

Presenter: Lydia X. Z. Brown is a disability justice advocate, organizer, educator, attorney, strategist, and writer whose work has largely focused on interpersonal and state violence against multiply-marginalized disabled people living at the intersections of race, class, gender, sexuality, nation, and language. They are Policy Counsel for the Privacy and Data Project at the Center for Democracy and Technology; Adjunct Lecturer in Disability Studies for Georgetown University's Department of English; and Director of Policy, Advocacy, & External affairs at the Autistic Women & Nonbinary Network. They are also founder and volunteer director of the Fund for Community Reparations for Autistic People of Color's Interdependence, Survival, and Empowerment. Currently, they serve as a founding board member of the Alliance for Citizen Directed Supports, presidential appointee to the American Bar Association's Commission on Disability Rights, and co-chair of the American Bar Association's Section on Civil Rights & Social Justice, Disability Rights Committee.

Previously, Lydia worked on disability rights and algorithmic fairness at Georgetown Law's Institute for Tech Law and Policy, served as Justice Catalyst Legal Fellow for the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law, and worked at the Autistic Self Advocacy Network as a member of the national policy team. They are former Chairperson of the Massachusetts Developmental Disabilities Council, Visiting Lecturer at Tufts University, Holley Law Fellow at the National LGBTQ Task Force, and Patricia Morrissey Disability Policy Fellow at the Institute for Educational Leadership. 

In 2015, Lydia was named to Pacific Standard's 30 Top Thinkers Under 30 list, and to Mic's list of 50 impactful leaders, cultural influencers, and breakthrough innovators. In 2018, NBC featured them as one of 26 Asian Pacific American breakthrough leaders for Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, and Amplifier featured them as part of the We The Future campaign for youth activism. Most recently, Lydia was named to Gold House Foundation's A100 list of the most impactful Asians in America for 2020. Their work appears in numerous scholarly and community publications, and they have received many awards for their work, including from the Obama White House, the Society for Disability Studies, the American Association of People with Disabilities, the Washington Peace Center, the Disability Policy Consortium, and the National Council on Independent Living. 

Registration Fee

Suggested Donation:  $100 per series.  No one will be turned away due to inability to cover costs.  Reach out to Deb and/or Nancy  for organizations who may be able to sponsor this cost.