My first semester at Temple University in 1981 I took an Introduction to Women’s Studies course with African American poet, activist and scholar, Dr. Sonia Sanchez. Her leadership, and the course itself, literally changed my entire perspective on education. I quickly decided to become a women’s studies major — a decision that was not well understood at the time, but that I’ve never regretted! As we tried to explore the world without the experiences and perspectives of men at its center, we did much more than “add women and stir.” We looked at the intersections of race, class and gender, along with sexuality, religion, ethnicity and other areas of difference and identity. I thus came to understand that issues of equality and civil rights, as well as respect for cultural diversity, was significantly more complicated than I once thought. I quickly learned that although power was not evenly distributed in American democracy, one could not simply divide the world into oppressors and victims. Sometimes we are both, sometimes neither. Since Temple was a state college, located in a very diverse large urban city, I had only to look around the room to my classmates to see the importance of the relationships