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Privilege and Allyship: Owning Our Stuff and Taking Action

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3 Hour Presentation for the WPC Symposium. As we progress in our understanding of privilege, power, and oppression, one of the toughest transitions is not only acknowledging our identities of marginalization but also our identities of power and privilege. Traditional equity and justice approaches concentrate on the deficit model – oppressed people must empower themselves to create positive change. How do we shift to a model in which those in power become allies to change systems from the inside out? Take part in an interactive workshop where we will examine the intersections of all our identities, own the power and privilege that we do have, and gain practical tools to become allies.

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Privilege and Allyship: Owning Our Stuff and Taking Action

  1. 1. WPC Symposium Rosetta Eun Ryong Lee Seattle Girls ’ School Privilege and Allyship: Owning Our Stuff and Taking Action Rosetta Eun Ryong Lee (http://tiny.cc/rosettalee)
  2. 2. About Seattle Girls ’ School Rosetta Eun Ryong Lee Rosetta Eun Ryong Lee Rosetta Eun Ryong Lee Rosetta Eun Ryong Lee (http://tiny.cc/rosettalee) Rosetta Eun Ryong Lee (http://tiny.cc/rosettalee)
  3. 3. Goals <ul><li>Examine our various dimensions of identity, those of marginalization AND of privilege </li></ul><ul><li>Examine allyship – its forms, its pitfalls, and its potentials </li></ul><ul><li>Identify action steps toward allyship - individually, interpersonally, and institutionally </li></ul>Rosetta Eun Ryong Lee (http://tiny.cc/rosettalee)
  4. 4. Agenda <ul><li>Dimensions of Identity </li></ul><ul><li>Marginalization and Privilege </li></ul><ul><li>Allyship </li></ul><ul><li>Relationship Model of Intervention </li></ul><ul><li>Tools and Next Steps </li></ul><ul><li>Resources </li></ul>Rosetta Eun Ryong Lee (http://tiny.cc/rosettalee)
  5. 5. Dimensions of Identity <ul><li>Everybody has a complex intersectionality of identities </li></ul><ul><li>Different identities have more salience for different people </li></ul><ul><li>We tend to identify strongest with identities of marginalization and forget those that have privilege </li></ul><ul><li>We tend to hold most knowledge and take most action around our identities of marginalization </li></ul>Rosetta Eun Ryong Lee (http://tiny.cc/rosettalee)
  6. 6. Dimensions of Identity and Culture Adapted from Loden and Rosener ’s Workforce America! (1991) and from Diverse Teams at Work , Gardenswartz & Rowe (SHRM 2003). Rosetta Eun Ryong Lee (http://tiny.cc/rosettalee)
  7. 7. <ul><li>• Stand proudly for your group </li></ul><ul><li>• Stand for as many groups </li></ul><ul><li>within one category </li></ul><ul><li>as applies to you </li></ul><ul><li>• If you are not standing, </li></ul><ul><li>cheer and applaud </li></ul><ul><li>the people who are </li></ul>Exercise: Up-Downs Rosetta Eun Ryong Lee National Coalition Building Institute, Seattle Chapter, “Building Bridges Workshop,” Adapted by Rosetta Eun Ryong Lee Rosetta Eun Ryong Lee (http://tiny.cc/rosettalee)
  8. 8. Debrief: Up-Downs <ul><li>How did it feel to stand and claim your identities and experiences? To be applauded for them? To applaud others for their identities and their experiences? </li></ul>Rosetta Eun Ryong Lee Rosetta Eun Ryong Lee (http://tiny.cc/rosettalee)
  9. 9. Break Rosetta Eun Ryong Lee (http://tiny.cc/rosettalee)
  10. 10. An Ally Is… <ul><li>“ a person who is a member of the dominant or majority group who works to end oppression in his or her personal and professional life through support of, and as an advocate with and for, the oppressed population” </li></ul><ul><li>Washington and Evans, Becoming an Ally </li></ul>Rosetta Eun Ryong Lee Rosetta Eun Ryong Lee Rosetta Eun Ryong Lee Rosetta Eun Ryong Lee (http://tiny.cc/rosettalee) Rosetta Eun Ryong Lee (http://tiny.cc/rosettalee)
  11. 11. Developing into an Ally Karen Bradberry, PhD Active Passive Passive Active
  12. 12. Allyship <ul><li>What is it? </li></ul><ul><li>How is it Different from Progressive Thinking or Liberalism? </li></ul><ul><li>Allyship Actions </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Witnessing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Confirming </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Contradicting </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Standing Firm </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Staying Connected </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Receiving </li></ul></ul>Rosetta Eun Ryong Lee Rosetta Eun Ryong Lee Rosetta Eun Ryong Lee Rosetta Eun Ryong Lee (http://tiny.cc/rosettalee) Rosetta Eun Ryong Lee (http://tiny.cc/rosettalee)
  13. 13. Allyship is NOT <ul><li>Self-Satisfying or Aggrandizing </li></ul><ul><li>Beating Others Down </li></ul><ul><li>Wallowing in Guilt </li></ul><ul><li>Waiting to be Taught </li></ul><ul><li>Behaving Situationally </li></ul><ul><li>Having a Token Friend </li></ul><ul><li>Playing the Savior </li></ul>Rosetta Eun Ryong Lee Rosetta Eun Ryong Lee Rosetta Eun Ryong Lee Rosetta Eun Ryong Lee (http://tiny.cc/rosettalee) Rosetta Eun Ryong Lee (http://tiny.cc/rosettalee)
  14. 14. Allyship Can <ul><li>Build Relationships </li></ul><ul><li>Defy Deficit Ideology </li></ul><ul><li>Affect Backstage Spaces </li></ul><ul><li>Reject “Personal Agenda” Objections </li></ul><ul><li>Lessen the “Burden of Proof” </li></ul><ul><li>Share the Load of Change </li></ul>Rosetta Eun Ryong Lee Rosetta Eun Ryong Lee Rosetta Eun Ryong Lee Rosetta Eun Ryong Lee (http://tiny.cc/rosettalee) Rosetta Eun Ryong Lee (http://tiny.cc/rosettalee)
  15. 15. Stories from the Field Rosetta Eun Ryong Lee Rosetta Eun Ryong Lee Rosetta Eun Ryong Lee Rosetta Eun Ryong Lee (http://tiny.cc/rosettalee) Rosetta Eun Ryong Lee (http://tiny.cc/rosettalee)
  16. 16. Relationship Based Intervention Rosetta Eun Ryong Lee Rosetta Eun Ryong Lee Rosetta Eun Ryong Lee Rosetta Eun Ryong Lee (http://tiny.cc/rosettalee) Rosetta Eun Ryong Lee (http://tiny.cc/rosettalee)
  17. 17. NCBI Effective Interventions Model <ul><li>Reduce Defensiveness </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Tone </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Body Language </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Respect </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Keep the Conversation Going </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Hear Them Out </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ask Open-Ended Questions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Set Aside Your Feeling for the Moment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Dialogue </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Build the Relationship </li></ul><ul><li>Win an Ally </li></ul>Rosetta Eun Ryong Lee (http://tiny.cc/rosettalee)
  18. 18. Everything You Ever Wanted to Interrupt But Didn’t Know How To… <ul><li>Think of trigger events of phrases </li></ul><ul><li>Which ones have proven most challenging? </li></ul><ul><li>Which ones would you like to strategize effective interventions for? </li></ul><ul><li>Strategize for different people: strangers, acquaintances, friends, family members, children, etc. </li></ul>Rosetta Eun Ryong Lee (http://tiny.cc/rosettalee)
  19. 19. Practice Makes… Rosetta Eun Ryong Lee (http://tiny.cc/rosettalee) Please work in pairs: -Feed the trigger phrase -Respond -Feedback -Try Again -Repeat
  20. 20. Sharing the Wisdom
  21. 21. Break Rosetta Eun Ryong Lee (http://tiny.cc/rosettalee)
  22. 22. <ul><li>What I never want people to say, think, or do towards my group is… </li></ul><ul><li>What I want you to know about my group is… </li></ul>What I Want From Allies Rosetta Eun Ryong Lee (http://tiny.cc/rosettalee)
  23. 23. <ul><li>Identity Frames </li></ul><ul><li>Intent Versus Impact </li></ul><ul><li>Norm - Normal – Good </li></ul><ul><li>Fish Seeing the Water </li></ul><ul><li>Accumulated Impact </li></ul><ul><li>Cycle of Systematic Oppression </li></ul><ul><li>Path of Least Resistance </li></ul><ul><li>Stubborn Ounces </li></ul>Toolkit Verbiage for Allies Rosetta Eun Ryong Lee (http://tiny.cc/rosettalee)
  24. 24. Developmental Model of Intercultural Sensitivity (DMIS) Schematic Rosetta Eun Ryong Lee (http://tiny.cc/rosettalee)
  25. 25. Assumptions and Interpretations <ul><li>• Mental Models </li></ul><ul><li>• Ladder of Inference </li></ul><ul><li>Belief </li></ul><ul><li>Conclusions </li></ul><ul><li>Selective Data </li></ul><ul><li>Observable Data </li></ul><ul><li>• Tools of Action </li></ul>Rosetta Eun Ryong Lee Rosetta Eun Ryong Lee Rosetta Eun Ryong Lee Rosetta Eun Ryong Lee Rosetta Eun Ryong Lee (http://tiny.cc/rosettalee) Rosetta Eun Ryong Lee (http://tiny.cc/rosettalee)
  26. 26. <ul><li>Specific </li></ul><ul><li>Measurable </li></ul><ul><li>Attainable </li></ul><ul><li>Realistic </li></ul><ul><li>Timely </li></ul>SMART Goals for Allies Rosetta Eun Ryong Lee (http://tiny.cc/rosettalee)
  27. 27. <ul><li>Diverse Coalitions </li></ul><ul><li>Anti-Oppression Ally Groups </li></ul><ul><li>Emptying the Bucket </li></ul><ul><li>Continuing Your Education </li></ul><ul><li>Regular Dialogues </li></ul><ul><li>Accountability Support </li></ul>Sustaining Yourself Rosetta Eun Ryong Lee (http://tiny.cc/rosettalee)
  28. 28. Final Questions or Comments? Rosetta Eun Ryong Lee (http://tiny.cc/rosettalee)
  29. 29. Presenter Information <ul><li>Rosetta Eun Ryong Lee </li></ul><ul><li>6th Faculty and </li></ul><ul><li>Professional Outreach </li></ul><ul><li>Seattle Girls ’ School </li></ul><ul><li>2706 S Jackson Street </li></ul><ul><li>Seattle WA 98144 </li></ul><ul><li>(206) 805-6562 </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>http://tiny.cc/rosettalee </li></ul>Rosetta Eun Ryong Lee Rosetta Eun Ryong Lee (http://tiny.cc/rosettalee)
  30. 30. <ul><li>Adams, Maurianne, et al: Teaching for Diversity & Social Justice. </li></ul><ul><li>Allies for Social Justice. www.wesleyan.edu/reslife/asj/ </li></ul><ul><li>Anti-Defamation League: Challenging Bias. Making Diversity Count. </li></ul><ul><li>Bradberry, Karen. “Ally or Adversary?” </li></ul><ul><li>Doran, George T. SMART Goals </li></ul><ul><li>Kivel, Paul. Uprooting Racism . </li></ul><ul><li>Mercedes Martin & Billy Vaughn (2007). Strategic Diversity & Inclusion Management magazine. </li></ul><ul><li>Miller, Kevin. “Ally Skills” </li></ul><ul><li>National Coalition Building Institute </li></ul><ul><li>Parker, Robin & Chambers, Pamela Smith. The Anti-Racist Cookbook . </li></ul>References Rosetta Eun Ryong Lee (http://tiny.cc/rosettalee)

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