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Anti-Racism Resources: What is Allyship?

This guide provides resources on anti-racism. It was developed in consultation with NSCC's Office of Human Rights and Equity Services.

What is an Ally?

Someone who supports a group other than one's own (in terms of racial identity, gender, faith identity, sexual orientation, etc.) Allies acknowledge disadvantage and oppression of other groups than their own; take risks and supportive action on their behalf; commit to reducing their own complicity or collusion in oppression of those groups and invest in strengthening their own knowledge and awareness of oppression." (Center for Assessment and Policy Development).

Faculty director of Villanova School of Business’s Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Aronté Bennett, PhD, Associate Chair, Marketing & Business Law, shares why allyship matters, how our identities inform it and how to take actionable steps for effective allyship in the workplace.

Pennsylvania Conference for Women. (2020, November 20). Allyship at work [Video]. YouTube.

NSCC Anti-Racist Resources for Allies

Ally/ allyship definition 

  • ​Allyship: “an active, consistent, and arduous practice of unlearning and re-evaluating, in which a person in a position of privilege and power seeks to operate in solidarity with a marginalized group” (1) 

How to practice allyship​

  • When something feels uncomfortable, dig deeper and think about why, take a step back, think and journal.
  • Use critical thinking skills to analyze what is being presented.

Allyship education for anyone at NSCC

  • Talk to other people working from an Allyship approach. Find a circle of people who support and challenge your opinions and actions.
  • Add ESP goals that work toward anti-racism. Commit to educating yourself about local and global anti-racism efforts.
  • Work with colleagues to make NSCC spaces safer for Black colleagues and students.
  • Work to decolonize the curriculum - view Teaching Commons (links to Sharepoint) for resources.