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Racial Justice Resources for Activists, Advocates & Allies

This guide serves as a resource for the UC community to learn about activism and allyship as it pertains to racial justice and anti-racism.

How to use this guide: Allyship

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Allyship: a few definitions

TO BE AN ALLY IS TO... (amélie lamont)

  • Take on the struggle as your own.
  • Transfer the benefits of your privilege to those who lack it.
  • Amplify voices of the oppressed before your own.
  • Acknowledge that even though you feel pain, the conversation is not about you.
  • Stand up, even when you feel scared.
  • Own your mistakes and de-center yourself.
  • Understand that your education is up to you and no one else.

What is Allyship, and who is an Ally? Nicole Asong Nfonoyim-Hara, the Director of the Diversity Programs at Mayo Clinic, defines the act of allyship as "when a person of privilege works in solidarity and partnership with a marginalized group of people to help take down the systems that challenge that group's basic rights, equal access, and ability to thrive in our society." I adopt this definition and recognize that allies must also have some degree of power to effect change. An example I like to use when explaining allyship is the occurrence of "mansplaining" in a work environment. Mansplaining is when a man interrupts a speaking woman, explaining the topic from his perspective as if his thoughts are more important than hers. An ally, most likely another man, would step in to stop the mansplaining from happening and allow the woman to finish speaking.

Allyship - The Key To Unlocking The Power Of Diversity An ally is any person that actively promotes and aspires to advance the culture of inclusion through intentional, positive and conscious efforts that benefit people as a whole. Everyone has the ability to be an ally as privilege is intersectional - white women can be actionable allies to people of color, men can be allies to women, cis people can be allies to members of the LGBTQI+ community, able-bodied people can be allies to those with different abilities, economically privileged people can be allies to those who are not and so on.  

Allyship web resources

Cultural competence for allies

Male allies

Allyship podcasts

Allyship videos

"We must move against not only those forces which dehumanize us from the outside, but also against those oppressive values which we have been forced to take into ourselves."

— Audre Lorde, Sister Outsider

Get Comfortable With Being Uncomfortable | Luvvie Ajayi Jones 


Disrupting the status quo can be scary, but sometimes it's necessary to make the world a fairer place. Reclaiming what it means to be a troublemaker, author Luvvie Ajayi Jones shares three questions to ask yourself when tackling fear and standing up for what you believe in -- and urges all of us to speak up in ways that honor ourselves and others.

Allyship books

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