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MU Ally Program - Orientation
Transcript of MU Ally Program - Orientation
Allies are always in the role of an Ally
Many "contacts" will be informal in nature
Professional, ethical behavior will be a cornerstone of the success of the program
It is okay to delay a decision until after you've consulted with someone
Importance of ongoing training
Ethics, boundaries, limits, confidentiality
Welcome and Introduction
Specifics of the Ally Role
A Shared Language
Where Do You Stand?
Counseling & Communication Skills
Bystander Intervention, Diffusing a Situation
Direct vs. Indirect Intervention
Direct or Indirect Response
Advocate or Empower
First 2 Workshops
Safe Zone Training
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
North Hall Classroom
Sex and Gender
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
North Hall Classroom
Agents - members of dominant groups in society who hold unearned privilege
Privilege - unearned access to resources (social power) only readily available to some people as a result of their advantaged social group membership
Ally - a member of a majority social group who takes a stand against social injustice directed at minority groups (whites who speak out against racism, men who are anti-sexist). An ally works to be an agent of social change rather than the agent of oppression. Also, minority group members can be allies to other minority social groups they are not part of (lesbians can be allies to bisexual people; African American people can be allies to Native Americans).
Discrimination - when prejudiced feelings or beliefs move to behaviors which deny individuals or groups of people equality of treatment
Individual Discrimination - refers to the behavior of individual members of one race/ethnic/gender group that is intended to have a differential and/or harmful effect on the members of another race/ethnic/gender group
Institutional Discrimination - refers to the policies of the dominant race/ethnic/gender institutions and the behaviors of the individuals who control these institutions and implement policies that are intended to have a differential and/or harmful effect on minority race/ethnic/gender groups
Marginalize - to relegate to an unimportant or powerless position within a society or group while minimizing the experience of those without power
Power - ability to act or produce an effect
Social Identity - based on the physical, social, and mental characteristics of an individual; it is sometimes obvious and clear, sometimes not too obvious and clear. Often social identity is self claimed but is also frequently ascribed by others (social identity categories: sex, class, sexual orientation, ability, race, religion, age, gender, ethnicity)
Targets - members of oppressed groups that are often disenfranchised and exploited
Social Justice - a vision of society in which the distribution of resources is equitable and all members are physically and psychologically safe and secure
Office of Multicultural Affairs
Specifics of the
"Creating Our Own Meanings"
You will be placed into small groups and given three or four social justice terms.
In your groups, you will be given 5-8 minutes to come up with a working definition of these terms.
Please write your definitions on the sheet of paper provided.
Be prepared to share your definitions.
"A Shared Understanding"
The entire group will reconvene.
Each group will share the terms and definitions they created.
Facilitator will point out that each definition makes sense and connect them to the definitions pulled from the social justice text, emphasizing that while each group's definitions are not wrong, but by using the definitions from the texts, we will have a shared understanding and language.
Why Are We Here?
You notice that some fellow residents in your hall are watching a move that pokes fun at people with disabilities. You are uncomfortable with this. What do you do?
You are an Ally and the president of the social justice group on campus. Before the organization meeting starts, you are joking around with some of the other members. You make a joke about some international students’ inability to read and speak English. You immediately feel bad and wish you could take your words back. What should you do?
A fellow resident on your floor comes to you because you have an Ally Program sticker on your door. She says that she was assaulted by a guy at a party on Saturday night and doesn’t know what to do. What would you do?
You are concerned about your staff or student organizational meeting because a few of the people always dominate the conversation and it’s usually the men. As an Ally, how might you address this concern?
Carlos hears one of his friends talk about homosexuals in a very negative tone. Carlos does not like this prejudice but notices that his other friends smile and seem to agree with the student making the prejudiced remarks. Carlos suggests that you, as an Ally, should address the issue with the students. What should you do?
The part of my identity that I am most aware of on a daily basis is...
The part of my identity that I am least aware of on a daily basis is...
The part of my identity that was most emphasized in my family growing up was...
The part of my identity that has the strongest affect on how I see myself as a person is...
The part of my identity that serves as my primary compass for my leadership style is...
The part of my identity that has the greatest effect on how others see me (either positively or negatively) is...
The part of my identity that I believe is the most misunderstood by others is...
The part of my identity that gives me the most power and privilege in society is...
The part of my identity that I feel is difficult to discuss with others who identify differently is...
The part of my identity that I feel I am forced to negotiate since being a student leader or staff person is...
The part of my identity that I would like to explore further is...