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In·ter·sec·tion·al·i·ty Not a Trend but Reality

May 20, 2021 12:00 pm until 1:00 pm

What is intersectionality? Why is this term important? How does disability impact identity and vice versa?

Join us for a presentation followed by Q&A about what intersectionality is and isn’t, as well as how to recognize the whole lived experiences of BIPOC.

Event is FREE. Registration is required. Please use REGISTER button above or call 585-224-7399.

Photo of Luticha Doucette disability and equity advocate and expert

 Presenter: Luticha Doucette

 Intersectionality graphic shows overlapping circles representing dimensions of identity, illustrated by Sylvia Duckworth 
Presenter bio:

Luticha André Doucette graduated from RIT with a degree in Bioinformatics. After graduating, she was a Fellow at U of R. Luticha has authored reports on wage disparities across race, gender, and disability with the Rochester-Monroe Anti-Poverty Initiative, as well as on employment barriers for disabled people in Rochester and Monroe County. She is a graduate of the Leadership and Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) Fellowship program and an AUCD Emerging Leader. She is the owner of Catalyst Consulting, which helps organizations examine equity across race, gender identity, and disability in policies, practices, procedures, and relationships.

About the series

If not us, then who? Who will tell our stories? Who will speak truth to power? Who will create a space that not only cultivates but fosters love and understanding? We will!

Disability intersects with every identity, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, age, creed, sexuality, or religion. Disability services and systems have historically been designed to serve white, middle-class people and families. While providers and advocates have shifted to be more culturally aware, there is still work to be done.

Intersectionality ― the ways that our various sources of identity combine to shape our individual experiences of the world ― is a powerful lens to help us better understand, support, advocate for and ally with each other.

Intersectionality: The Pieces of Me is a series hosted by Starbridge and created by activists and advocates Jeiri Flores and Sabrina Smith. Each session will feature presenters with lived experience of disability and other marginalized identities.

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Jeiri Flores is a strong, passionate Puerto Rican disability rights activist from Rochester, NY. She earned her Bachelor's Degree in Sociology and African-American Studies at SUNY Brockport. She is currently pursuing her Master’s Degree in Human Development at the University of Rochester. Jeiri serves as a resource for residents in her community by connecting them to existing services and supports. As a disability advocate, Jeiri shares her unique perspective at various colleges and conferences, where she introduces attendees to the struggles and invisibility people with disabilities face. She provides insight regarding inclusion, citizenship, disability intersectionality, and challenges that remain unaddressed by society. She hopes to influence young disabled people to fulfill their purpose and create a new narrative for what it means to be disabled.


Born and raised in Monticello, NY, faith and love have been the guiding principles of Sabrina Smith’s life. Her parents saw the good in all, no matter their story or background, teaching Sabrina and her siblings the value of humanity. Sabrina has taken these standards into every area of her life. Her professional tenure is one of human service in all aspects of health and well-being. Sabrina serves and volunteers throughout her community, lending her time, talent and resources to whoever needs it. Sabrina completed her Master’s in Public Administration in 2018 and is exploring her options to complete her doctoral degree. She is currently employed as the Health Disparities Coordinator for Strong Center for Developmental Disabilities at the University of Rochester in Rochester, NY. Sabrina continues to develop strong relationships and look for the good in people, and she makes sure no one is left behind.


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Starbridge is a nonprofit based in Rochester, NY, and partners with people who have disabilities and their families to achieve success in education, employment, and healthy living. Since our founding more than 60 years ago, we have partnered with and fought for the rights of people with disabilities to have full access to the ideals set forth in the Declaration of Independence: life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for all.

Disability intersects with every identity, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, age, creed, sexuality or religion. Diversity and Inclusion and Equity are core values to our organization. We are committed to ensuring that we are welcoming to people of all identities and we strive to ensure fairness and justice in all matters.