More Than Their Disability: Intersectionality in Disability Justice

Coined by legal scholar Kimberlé Crenshaw, intersectionality is defined as the interconnected nature of oppressive systems like racism, sexism, classism, and ableism. Given the multiple identity dimensions our students’ experience, intersectionality holds important implications for disability services in higher education. Hear from two social justice practitioners on how to incorporate intersectional thinking and practice, both inside and outside of disability services, into your work.


Dr. Hannah Harris

Assistant Director of the Learning Diagnostic Clinic, Missouri State University

Dr. Hannah Harris

Dr. Hannah Jayne Harris is the assistant director of the Learning Diagnostic Clinic at Missouri State University. She teaches courses in the psychology department. Previously, Harris was a mental health clinician in the Missouri State University Counseling Center.  

Harris has lived all over the United States and has worked with many different people groups. This variety in exposure has fostered a passion for creating a just, more inclusive community.

Harris holds a PsyD from the Wright Institute, an MA from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology and a BA from Rider University.

Matt Banks

Coordinator of Multicultural Programs and LGBT Student Services, Missouri State University

Spring Photo Day. April 2017Matt Banks serves as the Coordinator of Multicultural Programs and LGBT Student Services at Missouri State University. In this role, Matt provides direct support services, including advising, programming, and resource referral, for students who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning, asexual/aromantic, or other gender and sexual minorities (LGBTQ+). Their work centers the intersections of oppression, specifically addressing racism and ableism within the queer and trans community. They also create unique programs and trainings to help students, faculty, and staff understands the experiences of LGBTQ+ identified individuals in order to create a sustained commitment to gender and sexual equity. Matt holds a Master of Arts in Higher Education and Student Affairs from New York University and a Bachelor of Arts in Visual and Dramatic Arts from Rice University.