Created in 2003, the mission of the Allies Project at Macalester College is to form a group of staff, students, and faculty who are committed to creating safer and supportive environments and communities for all people regardless of sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, religion, class, age, or ability. Macalester’s community members have multifaceted personal identities, and on an individual and group level these multiple identities can be celebrated or denied, affirmed or oppressed, and be the source of strength, pride, and/or struggle. Allies of the Allies Project provide support and resources to individuals and/or groups who are exploring their own feelings and/or are struggling with issues related to their multiple identities.
Statement of Purpose
The purpose of the Allies Project is to allow students, staff, and faculty to easily identify supportive spaces and people on campus, feel comfortable and safer in a confidential environment, express any issues and concerns in an atmosphere of acceptance and support, and access information and educational resources. The Allies Project symbol is a message to all Macalester community members that oppressive comments and actions will not be accepted or tolerated and will be addressed in an educational and informative manner.
Participation In the Allies Project
Those who wish to participate in the Allies Project are required to complete a new ally training workshop. This initial training workshop provides the opportunity to learn about what it means to be an ally to people across differences, and how to work toward creating safe and inclusive environments for marginalized populations.
Upon completion of the initial training workshop, the responsibility of people who join the Allies Project are to continue their personal understanding of their role of being an ally by attending ongoing development workshops that we provide 3-4 times a semester on campus and practicing positive allyship outside of the those workshop settings. Trained Allies must attend at least two workshops per academic year in order to remain a part of the Allies Project.
Allies Project Training
To become an Allies Project Ally, you must attend a training workshop. Registration is required and will be open two weeks prior to the training. For more information, e-mail Aida Martinez-Freeman.
SPRING 2016 TRAINING DATES
Thursday, January 28, 7 to 8:45 p.m., Cultural House MPR
Thursday, February 11, 10 to 11:45 a.m., Cultural House MPR
Wednesday, February 24, 4:30 to 6:15 p.m., Markim Hall, Davis Court
Tuesday, March 8, 3 to 4:45 p.m., DeWitt Wallace Library, Harmon Room