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Exploring Intersectionality on International Women’s Day

Date & Time:
March 7, 2023, 5 pm-6:30 pm PDT
March 8, 2023, 9 am-10:30 am HKT
March 8, 2023, 10 am-11:30am JST
March 8, 2023, 12 nn-1:30pm AET
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Program Summary:

To celebrate the International Women’s Day and promote a world that values differences, we offer a workshop on intersectionality. Sponsored by the APWiL Mentoring Program and held in partnership with Keio University and The University of Melbourne, it will provide new perspectives and resources to approach advancing gender equity, diversity and inclusion. After listening to a brief overview, participants will engage in the Intersectionality Walk. The program was developed by SAGE (Science in Australia Gender Equity) to enable people to understand complexities of identity that can disadvantage people. By experiencing the intersectionality walk, participants learn how inequalities persist and how best to implement practical changes in their own institution by means of inclusion.

The workshop is led by:

  • Professor Akiyo Ito Okuda, Vice-President for Student Affairs, and Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, Keio University
  • Dr Derlie Mateo-Babiano, Associate Professor in Urban Planning and Assistant Dean, Diversity and Inclusion at the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning (ABP), The University of Melbourne
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Professor Akiyo Ito Okuda
Vice-President for Student Affairs, and Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, Keio University

Akiyo Ito Okuda is the Vice-President for Student Affairs, and Equity, Diversity and Inclusion at Keio University in Tokyo, Japan. She also serves as director for the Office for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion and is a professor of English and American Studies within Keio. She received her master’s degree in English (1993) and her doctorate degree in African American Literature (2005) from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She also has a master’s and bachelor’s degree from the Department of English at Keio University.

As a Vice-President at Keio University and director of the Office for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, Professor Okuda has promoted initiatives such as Unconscious Bias Training, a family care support program (KIND) for staff, and barrier-free resources for disabled students. Previously she was a counselor and vice-chairperson of the Keio University Harassment Prevention Committee. In her current position she has coordinated workshops and moderated events at Keio that foster awareness within the university about violence against women, assertive communication skills, and LGBTQ+ issues. Throughout her tenure as a Vice-President, she has been active in inviting various scholars and leaders to give presentations at Keio during events such as the “2022 Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Week.” Outside of Keio University, she has also championed education for women throughout the region as a core member of Asia Pacific Women in Leadership (APWiL) project within the Association for Pacific Rim Universities (APRU). Currently, she is working on a collaboration between Keio University and the University of Melbourne to host a virtual seminar for International Women’s Day.

Vice-President Okuda’s research focuses on turn-of-the-century writings on race and racial representations. Her most recent article, “James E. McGirt’s Periodical, Poetry and Performance: Bringing the Southern Landscape to Popular Audiences in the Pre-Harlem Renaissance Period” will appear in the Mississippi Quarterly: The Journal of Southern Cultures this winter. She has given conference papers: “Turn-of-the century African American Magazines and Pauline E. Hopkins’s Incorporation of Native American Representations in Her Serialized Novel Winona” (Organization of American Historians Annual Meeting, Boston, April 2022), and“Managed Creativity: Alice Dunbar-Nelson’s Navigation of the Publishing World’s Racial and Gender Politics” (American Studies Association Annual Meeting San Juan, Puerto Rico, October 2021). She is also the author of The Presidency and the South: A U.S. History (2010), written in Japanese and has translated the memoir The Beautiful Struggle by Ta-Nehisi Coates. She was a visiting scholar to the University of Virginia from 2004 to 2006 and she has chaired committees at the English Literary Society of Japan and the Japanese Association for American Studies. She currently serves as a vice president for the Japanese Association for American Studies.

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Dr Derlie Mateo-Babiano
Associate Professor in Urban Planning and Assistant Dean, Diversity and Inclusion at the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning (ABP), The University of Melbourne

Dr Derlie Mateo-Babiano is an Associate Professor in Urban Planning and Assistant Dean, Diversity and Inclusion at the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning (ABP), the University of Melbourne. Derlie is committed to fostering and embedding diversity and inclusion in the built environment discipline. She has led the development of ABP’s Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan which aspires to contribute to the shaping of a more inclusive ABP community. Her commitment to gender diversity in the transport discipline has led her to co-convene the Women in Transport leadership (WiTL) knowledge network (www.witl.info). She supports the University of Melbourne’s gender equity commitment through the Athena Swan Task Force. And as one of the program leaders of the Association of Pacific Rim Universities Asia-Pacific Women in Leadership program, she contributes to the building of leadership capabilities of women in academia. By leading projects that support the Indigenising and Internationalising the curriculum in ABP, Derlie aims to diversify the educational experience and build the capacities of built environment students to become global citizens, enabling them to contribute to the shaping of a more just, inclusive and sustainable global community.

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Chelsey Hawes
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