The Elevated Guide to Allyship 360

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Allyship: The Requirements

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Take on the struggle as your own. Stand up, even when you feel scared. Transfer the benefits of your privilege to those who lack it. Acknowledge that while you, too, feel pain, the conversation is not about you.

Why We Want You to be An Ally. We've developed this guide using the content, research, and really the wisdom of various individuals and groups viewed as experts within the space. We want this to be a resource for anyone considering becoming an ally in order to understand the many pros and cons of what being an ally entails. We want you to understand the impact that you can have when supporting others whose very lives have been shaped by systemic oppression and racism. We applaud your efforts to learn more about your allyship journey ahead...

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In order for any meaningful change to come about, underrepresented groups need allies. It's just that plain and simple.




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There is not one singular definition for "allyship"- in that, the word means different things to different people. But at Elevated Diversity, we view allyship as those individuals who are willing to step up to the plate and use their position of power and influence - to support others.

Black people do not need allies. We need people to stand up and take on the problems borne of oppression as their own, without remove or distance. We need people to do this even if they cannot fully understand what it’s like to be oppressed for their race or ethnicity, gender, sexuality, ability, class, religion, or other marker of identity. We need people to use common sense to figure out how to participate in social justice. - Roxane Gay Author of Bad Feminist


Why are Allies Necessary? Everyone has the potential to be an ally.

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Allies recognize that though they are not a member of the oppressed group(s) they support, they make a concerted effort to better understand the struggle, every single day. Because an ally might have more privilege and recognizes said privilege, they are powerful voices alongside oppressed ones.


As an ally, you need to be willing to own your mistakes and be proactive in your education.

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Just as society will not change overnight, neither will you. Here are some dos and don’ts that are incredibly important as you learn, grow, and step into the role of An Ally.



Do be open to listening

Do your research to learn more about the history of the struggle in which you are participating Do the inner work to figure out a way to acknowledge how you participate in oppressive systems Do the outer work and figure out how to change the oppressive systems Do amplify the voices of those without your privilege both online and when physically present Do learn how to listen and accept criticism with grace, even if it’s uncomfortable

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Do be aware of your implicit biases



Do not expect to be taught or shown. Take it upon yourself to use the tools around you to learn and answer your questions

Do not behave as though you know best Do not take credit for the labor of those who are marginalized and did the work before you stepped into the picture Do not assume that every member of an underinvested group feels oppressed

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Do not participate for the gold medal in the “Oppression Olympics” - you don’t need to compare how your struggle is just as bad

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About Us Elevated Diversity is a boutique Diversity & Inclusion training organization and consultancy. Our subject matter experts include individuals who have served as lead D&I Officers at some of the countries most reputable universities as well as Fortune 500 organizations. Our approach to D&I training and strategies are innovative and unique in that we incorporate storytelling and "conversation starters" using authentic workplace scenarios, which ensures real impact and true organizational growth and evolution.

Knowledge is Power. So You Want To Talk About Race Ijeoma Oluo

White Fragility Robin DiAngelo

This Bridge Called My Back Writings by Radical Feminists of Color

How To Be An Antiracist Ibram X. Kendi

Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?: And Other Conversations about Race Beverly Daniel Tatum

How Can We Win (video) Kimberly Jones

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