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Diversity, Equity & Inclusion: What's an ally? (includes classroom tips)

Being an ally

Being an ally means many things. It starts with reflecting on one's own identity, and on society's dominant identities. The next step is recognizing others' identities and the ways those identities are privileged or marginalized in society. Allies are willing to see these differences and to make an effort to promote equity -- eliminating "otherness" even while acknowledging difference. Allies do not speak for or over the communities they support -- they stand with them. It's hard, it takes practice, but it makes for genuine community. 

Resources for Being an Ally

'Ask Me': What LGBTQ Students Want Their Professors to Know from The Chronicle of Higher Education

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