Allyship and Advocacy

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Defining Our Terms

What is Allyship? | NIH. Samantha-Rae Dickenson discusses allyship and who counts as an ally. Click here to read more. (blog)

Guide to Allyship. “an ever-evolving and growing open source guide meant to provide you with the resources for becoming a more effective ally.” Click here to access website. (website)

So You Call Yourself an Ally: 10 Things All ‘Allies’ Need to Know. – “I was uncomfortable because it was a call to reflection about my own “ally” identifications and my own work.”  Click here to read article. (article)

To Promote True Advocacy, Don’t Be an Ally: Be an Accomplice | Willie Jackson | From Day One. Click here to read the published essay. (essay)


Being an Ally

 5 Tips For Being An Ally | Chescaleigh. Click here to watch a short video including 5 tips on becoming better at your allyship. (3:30 min. video with additional resources)

Ten Counterproductive Behaviors of Social Justice Educators by Cody Charles | CSJE Blog. Click here to read more. (blog)

Ten Counterproductive Behaviors of Well-Intentioned People by Cody Charles | Yes Magazine. Click here to read more. (article)

How to Be an Ally if You Are a Person with Privilege. An essay by Frances Kendall with a general approach to using your (various forms of) privilege to be an ally to groups of people who are often the target of discrimination. Click here to read more. (essay)

Everyday Advocacy Resources | National Council of Nonprofits. From advocacy toolkits and informative “how to” sheets to recent opinion pieces and material about federal, state, and local lobbying laws, this section of our website provides resources to nonprofit leaders about ways to advance their missions through everyday advocacy. Click here to learn more. (website)

Tips for Allies of Transgender People | Glaad. The following are tips that can be used as you move toward becoming a better ally to transgender people. Of course, this list is not exhaustive and cannot include all the “right” things to do or say because often there is no one “right” answer to every situation you might encounter. Click here to learn more. (website)

10 Ways Men Can Combat Sexist Entitlement in Public | Jamie Utt | Everyday Feminism. Click here to learn more. (blog) 

Become a Disability A.L.L.Y. | Human Development and Disability | CDC. Want to learn how to be a better ally to people with disabilities? Click here to read more. (webpage with infographics and addition links)

10 Ways to Be an Ally & a Friend | Glaad. Click here to learn 10 ways to be a better ally to people with LGBTQ+ identities. (list)

Here’s what a good LGBTQ ally looks like | Ana Valens | Vox. “Unlike Taylor Swift, the best supporters rarely take the spotlight.” Click here to read more. (article)


Allyship and Advocacy in the Workplace

Allyship at Work | How to Turn Intentions into Actions by Dr. Waajida L. Small | Idealist. Click here to read more about allyship at work. (article)

Women of Color Need Courageous Allies in the Academy | Insight Into Diversity. Recorded webinar featuring expert panelists from colleges and universities across the U.S., the series explores how White women can be allies in the fight for racial and gender equality in higher education and society. This session focused on how White colleagues can confront the challenges — personal and professional — of proactive anti-racism and allyship. Click here to watch the webinar. (2-hour recorded webinar)

#MobilizeWomen Action Guide: How to Advocate for Others | Ellevate. Taking a step back to see the world from someone else’s perspective, and beginning to understand their challenges is enlightening. But coming up with solutions to remove those obstacles — now that’s advocacy! Be part of the solution, advocate for inclusion, and create an accessible community for everyone. Click here to read more. (article)

Allyship and Advocacy: What Is the Best Way to Offer Active Support in the Workplace? | Mursion. This article explores the meaning behind both terms, the ways in which one can be a better partner to marginalized groups, and the lifelong learning it takes to offer active, meaningful support. Click here to learn more. (article)