As businesses take stances in support of social movements, like Black Lives Matter, they effectively position themselves as allies. Allies make the commitment and effort to recognize their privilege and work in solidarity with oppressed groups to enact change in the struggle for justice. This workshop focuses on allyship, a term that identifies the set of practices that are undertaken in order to be an ally. Thoughtful and committed allyship can positively impact organizations in a number of ways, not only creating an environment that invites greater diversity and inclusion and employee engagement but also fostering positive images that can increase brand loyalty and achieve broader corporate social responsibility goals. Given the multitude of ways in which potential marginalization persists, and the varied contexts in which exclusion can take place, we can all practice allyship, and consider the role that improved allyship might play within our organizations as well as in wider society. Upon completion of this workshop, participants will be able to:
- Understand allyship as a general practice while also being able to identify specific forms of allyship in the workplace;
- Articulate the business case for allyship;
- Recognize opportunities for allyship at the levels of individual, interpersonal, and organizational policy and practice;
- Adapt language and communication practices to foster meaningful allyship;
- Critically assess allyship needs and goals to develop an action plan that results in meaningful change.
The Anti-Racism journey can feel daunting, even for those who have engaged actively in DEI efforts in the past. Antiracism work is multifaceted and holistic and involves all aspects of your personal and professional dimensions. For instance, recognizing race-based advantages and actively resisting racism as a daily practice is the most crucial work that white people can embrace in order to create meaningful change. This session takes a two-pronged approach – Personal and Professional – in providing analyses of white advantage and actionable steps about how to disrupt racism and create personal and professional communities where everyone thrives.
- The White Advantage – How to become conscious of the unearned advantages and structural power granted whites simply by reason of race
- Listening as a Tool of Anti-Racism – How to listen to people of color without judgment and/or defensiveness
- Building Relationships of Accountability – How to develop relationships of truth-telling and accountability with people of color
- Anti-Racism in the Hybrid Workplace – How to make sure anti-racism is front of mind in your distributed workforce
- Creating Anti-Racist Workplaces – How to become an anti-racist leader in your organization
- Actionable Steps to Interrupt Racism – A step-by-step guide to disrupt racism in your personal and professional environments