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Mission Statement

Created in 2003, the mission of the Allies Project at Macalester College is to form a group of staff, students, faculty and alumni who are committed to creating safer and supportive environments and communities through education for all people – taking into consideration multiple social identities such as sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, religion, class, age, or ability. The Allies Project Workshop participants will have the opportunity to connect personal experiences and social identities, to better understand (in)abilities to act in resisting forms of oppression.

Learning Objectives:

  • Connect personal experience and social identities, to better understand (in)abilities to act in resisting forms of oppression.
  • Participants will be able to express ideas, identify behaviors, and actualize practices that promote action towards social justice and equity.
  • Utilize real-life scenarios to practice interrupting microaggressions and oppressive behaviors that adversely impact marginalized people and communities.
  • Self-reflect on and self-access the concepts on best social justice practices and values

Foundational vs. Developmental: Both are open to all campus community members.

  • Foundational: Interactive workshops for new and emerging allies and social justice content that is broader! As the 2 Foundational workshops below are the same, please only RSVP for the one you are able to attend.
  • Developmental: A more focused topical workshop that speaks to certain social justice issues that complement the foundational workshop. ​

Spring 2020 Workshops

  • Foundational Allies Workshop: 11:20 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Thursday, February 6th in the Harmon Room.
    • Description: The Foundational Allies Workshop is a space for new and emerging allies to reflect and consider best practices for integrating social justice into their everyday work and lives at Macalester. This highly interactive workshop also enables participants to connect personal experience and social identities to better understand (in)abilities to act in resisting forms of oppression. RSVP to the February Foundational Allies Workshop here
  • Liberation: 11:20 a.m.- 1:00 p.m., Tuesday, March 3 in Library 309
    • Description: Many of us are familiar with the various social justice issues in the world however naming the problem is not enough. In this session, we will explore what liberation is and how it can be used for positive sustainable change. Participants will grapple with definitions of liberation as well as consider ways to embed liberatory strategies in their daily lives to bring about a more just Macalester and community. RSVP to the March Liberation Workshop. 
  • Foundational Allies Workshop: 11:20 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Thursday, March 5 in Davis Court
    • Description: The Foundational Allies Workshop is a space for new and emerging allies to reflect and consider best practices for integrating social justice into their everyday work and lives at Macalester. This highly interactive workshop also enables participants to connect personal experience and social identities to better understand (in)abilities to act in resisting forms of oppression. RSVP to the March Foundational Workshop. 
  • (De)colonizing Gender Workshop: 11:20 a.m. – 1:00p.m., Thursday, April 2 in Library 309
    • Description: This workshop is an exploration of gender and its connections to colonization. Through reflections of our own understandings of gender, we will dig deep into the ways colonization is connected to our gender experiences. You will be introduced to indigenous efforts to decolonize gender and think about how you could incorporate these practices into your own life. RSVP to the (De)colonizing Gender Workshop

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Request a Dialogue (RAD): Not Currently Available

Facilitators are available for foundational workshops or to deliver tailor made workshops for your student group, department, or classroom. Please complete the form below for your student group, department, or classrooms at Macalester College. Note: Completing this form does not guarantee confirmation that someone will be able to deliver a dialogue for the semester you are requesting.

We are not currently taking requests for Request a Dialogue (RAD). 

For more information about the Allies Project Workshops, e-mail Marjorie Trueblood.