How to Practice Effective Allyship

Cornell University

Cornell President Martha E. Pollack clearly stated in her university message to students, staff, and faculty that “Our community needs your help. Please speak out against injustice, racism and bigotry, and reach out to support one another. Ours must be a community grounded in mutual respect and kindness.”

Practicing allyship means “living your life [in a way] that doesn’t reinforce the same oppressive behaviors [and systems] you’re claiming to be against” (Mia McKenzie, “No More Allies”). Rather than an identity, allyship is a practice that needs ongoing work and focus. The suggestions listed apply to operating in solidarity with and advocating for the rights and well-being of people of different races, cultures, sexes, genders, abilities, ages, faiths …

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