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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 more broad! 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 which complements the foundational workshop. ​

Allies Workshops Fall 2019 Coming Soon

Spring 2018
Colin Kaepernick, Black Resistance & the Super Bowl in Minnesota
In this Allies Development Training we looked at the history and current state of Black resistance in sports and examined if and how these forms of resistance impact the greater culture. The group also discussed the economic and social impact of the Super Bowl in Minnesota.

Queer and Trans @ Mac
The workshop provided a quick introduction to gender and sexuality as it relates to LGBTQIA+ communities and trends in higher education. It then focused on intentional actions to create space that are inclusive of queer and trans identities, specifically at the intersections of multiple marginalized identities, and how we respond when mistakes happen or our actions cause harm.

Intercultural Skill Building
This Developmental Training was facilitated by Associate Director of Alumni Relations Neely Heubach.

Fall 2018-Spring 2019 (Academic year 18-19)

Foundational Workshop
Foundational trainings are for new and emerging allies in the work of social justice. Led by our Allies facilitators, this highly interactive training enables participants to connect personal experience and social identities to better understand (in)abilities to act in resisting forms of oppression.

Listening as a Tool for Liberation
These workshops were facilitated by Professor of Psychology Joan Ostrove, Assoc. Chaplain for Jewish Life Rabbi Emma Kippley-Ogman, and the student Santiago Padron.

Naming Whiteness
The participants had the opportunity to consider the historical and political construction of whiteness, and the ways in which whiteness and white supremacy impact our everyday existence in the classroom, on campus and beyond. The group was also called to begin to identify and commit to practices that resist whiteness and the harmful impacts of whiteness locally and globally.

Multiculturalism & Internationalism
In this workshop, we considered the meanings of the terms “multiculturalism” and “internationalism.” What is at stake in how these concepts are framed and implemented in higher education? The group discussed contexts in higher education and the roots of multiculturalism in social justice activism. They engaged in conversation about how multiculturalism and internationalism are valued at Macalester thinking about their own connections to the work around each.

Request a Dialogue (RAD):

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.

To request a dialogue, please CLICK HERE

For more information about the Allies Project Workshops, e-mail Jason Jackson.