Sivagami (Shiva) Subbaraman is Director of the LGBTQ Resource Center at Georgetown University. She has worked extensively across differing communities and groups, and to weave LGBTQ into the larger tapestry of the Georgetown Community. Before coming to Georgetown University, she worked as Associate Director at the office of LGBT Equity and as Assistant Director at the Office of Human Relations programs at the University of Maryland. Additionally, she has taught at Macalester College, Drake University, and the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. Her areas of research interests are US women of color literature, culture, and feminist theories. An active feminist, Subbaraman is on the board of several feminist community organizations. Additionally, she regularly gives talks at national conferences and is a member of The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, National Association of Student Personnel Administrators, Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities, and the Modern Languages Association.
Uneasy Homes: Re-Drawing the Diversity Paradigm
This workshop is a highly interactive, facilitated dialogue on what the future holds for "identity-based centers" (i.e multicultural, LGBTQ, women, disability to name a few), as we grapple with 21st century institutional realities and re-framing of William DuBois' classic 20th century formulation, "How does it feel to be a problem?" Intersectionality has become a key touchstone to work our way through the quagmire of exponentially multiplying identity boxes; however, it is not clear to many of us how we might continue to address both structural and student development issues in a changing world. The workshop will challenge ourselves to examine how we can move our work beyond collaboration and partnership to a new paradigm that truly addresses the needs of our students, professionals in the field, and keep institutions accountable.