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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, 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. 

Because ally development is an ongoing and lifelong educational journey, Allies commit to seeking out educational opportunities to learn more about current issues related to sexual orientation, gender, race, class, religion, ability, etc. Active membership in the Allies Project requires members to attend at least two ongoing Allies Project development workshops or comparable educational programs (i.e., lectures or workshops facilitated by the Lealtad-Suzuki Center or an academic department) each year. 

Annually, Allies Project members renew their membership electronically as a way to remain on the Allies Project listserv.

Allies Project Training

To become an Allies Project Ally, you must attend one New Allies training workshop. Registration is required and will be open two weeks prior to the training. For more information, e-mail Jason Jackson.

Once you have completed your New Allies Training, please join us for our new Allies Skills Development Training. With the rise in harassment and violence impacting communities, many of us are eager and hesitant to step up our allyship. This training is intended to provide Allies Project participants with hands-on experiences using real-life scenarios and videos, while preparing you with tools needed to respond effectively.

For more information, contact Jason Jackson.