Explanation of the symbols in the “Improving Diversity and Inclusion in Senior Leadership” presentation

I had a query about the symbols in the “Improving Diversity and Inclusion in Senior Leadership” presentation slides.

I wanted to create this post to make it easier to explain to others in the future.

Intersectionality increases the degree of difficulty with 8 symbols representing different marginalised groups

  • The symbol in the top left represents First Nations and is a black and white representation of the Australian Aboriginal flag designed by artist Harold Thomas in 1970.
  • The symbol on the left, second from top is a square made up of four other squares that I use to represent Race.
  • The symbol on the left, second from bottom is a globe centred on Africa. This is what I use to represent the the Global South.
  • The symbol on the bottom left is the female gender symbol to represent Gender.
  • The symbol on the top right is LGBQTI+ in letters, this is to represent LGBQTIA+ (sorry ran out of space).
  • The symbol on the right, second from top, is a $ symbol crossed out to represent Poverty.
  • The symbol on the right, second from bottom, is a head that represents Mental Health.
  • The symbol on the bottom right is the disability symbol to represent Disability.

As it says in the slides, by setting up this graph it is dehumanising, but I am hopeful that the utility of this will at least balance out the dehumanisation that this graph brings.