Allyship Applied: Moving from Intellectualization to Intentional Engagement
Day 1Session Code: S1-F
When: April 5, 2022
Track: Social Responsibility
Presenter: Dr. Mylene Culbreath, University of Minnesota
Prerequisite: This session best supports those who understand the history of racism and oppression in the U.S., have a commitment to DEI beyond the business case, and are seeking to courageously grow as allies.
The events collectively recognized as the Summer of 2020 brought unprecedented attention to modern day racism in America. The odious and inexcusable murders of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, and a host of others led many to ask the question, “What can I do?”
Many of us spent countless hours reading books, watching documentaries, listening to podcasts, and engaged in courageous conversations trying to understand how to affect the change we longed to see. Yet despite all the learning, many still feel unprepared to show up as an ally in real time. This feeling is likely attributed to three missing elements in the current allyship journey: self-reflection, assessment of risks, and practice.
In this 90-minute session, participants will be given the space and time to reflect on their allyship journey, and identify the skills and practices needed to show up as true allies.
• Identify the four critical components of allyship
• Articulate your personal Allyship Commitment
• Learn the steps to practice Daily Allyship Reflexivity