Scientific Working Group on Intersectionality (SWGI)

The scientific working group on intersectionality (SWGI) is the first of its kind at any CFAR. Originally borne out of Black feminist theorists and legal scholarship, intersectionality has gained traction in public health in recent decades as an important analytic framework to investigate and understand how interlocking systems of power and oppression uniquely shape health inequities.

The SWGI at the UCSF Bay Area CFAR was created to convene researchers, medical professionals, and community stakeholders over the shared interest in intersectionality scholarship and praxis. The SWGI will provide a platform through which to investigate and disseminate intersectionality scholarship to promote the use of this analytic framework to study the structural drivers of HIV and related health disparities. The SWGI seeks to increase the number of junior investigators submitting and receiving grants with an intersectionality component as well as build collaborations with intersectionality researchers in related fields at UCSF and with HIV researchers at other academic institutions.

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  1. Provide scientific leadership and community building around the development and application of emerging intersectionality methods to HIV and health disparities research.
  2. Promote collaborative, multidisciplinary, and community-engaged research using intersectionality as a framework to address HIV and health disparities, including support for identification and dissemination of – as well as applications for – relevant funding opportunities.
  3. Facilitate training and mentoring in intersectional approaches to HIV health disparities research.


The SWGI will develop and advance intersectional approaches to HIV research by:

  1. Training investigators in the tenets of intersectionality and co-creating a scientific community
  2. Supporting investigators in study designs and methods to incorporate intersectionality into new and existing studies
  3. Serving as a catalyst for communities and academic partners to stimulate intersectional, community-engaged research that aims to address health inequities among the most intersectionally marginalized groups.


  1. Convene Works in progress (WIP) sessions to provide opportunities for investigators from diverse disciplines and career stages to discuss and exchange feedback on research proposals and existing projects that incorporate an intersectional framework.
  2. Convene journal clubs that will focus on scientific publications critical to the field of intersectionality. These journal clubs will alternate between theoretical and application articles, qualitative and quantitative research, and domestic and international work.
  3. In consultation with the larger CFAR, work with clinicians and ESIs in a collaborative effort to galvanize and support research endeavors that utilize intersectionality as a research framework to contextualize clinical outcomes and health disparities.
  4. Convene an annual symposium to build capacity in the rigorous application of intersectional theory and methods to study design.