Teaching Positionality and Intersectionality through Reflection

Our lived experience influences how we understand the world and practice. Yet certain practices insist that we must be impartial without acknowledging how we are not inherently impartial to begin with. Positionality and intersectionality are important concepts for ethical and social justice practice. Understanding these ideas intellectually and embodying them practically are different things. Personal reflection in relation to systemic issues is necessary to integrate positionality and intersectionality into practice. This is not a short process and requires constant lifelong reflection. How do we kickstart this as a practice with our students and reflect to unlearn as teachers?