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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. ​

Fall 2019 Allies Project Workshops

Foundational Allies Workshop:   11:20 a.m.–1 p.m., Friday, September 20th in Davis Court  CLICK HERE to RSVP

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.

Microaggressions and Mac: 9:15–11 a.m., Thursday, October 3rd Markim Hall Lower Level  CLICK HERE to RSVP 

Description: Microaggressions are unintentional or at times intentional slights that are directly connected to structural oppression (such as racism, classism, transphobia, ect) and are becoming more common on college campuses around the country. In this workshop, we will examine the meaning and impact that microaggressions have on our campus community, while taking into consideration the power dynamics. Participants will have the opportunity to practice acknowledging and responding to microaggressive comments and behaviors. 

Incarceration, Confinement and Disability: 11:20 a.m.-1 p.m., Thursday, October 17th Davis Court  CLICK HERE to RSVP

Description: This workshop is an exploration of disability and its connections to social justice movements related to (de-)institutionalization and incarceration. How do these concepts  frame and inform the present day, including at Macalester? What can we do to move forward? We aim to provide a space to reflect on the connections between confinement and disability. 

Foundational Allies Workshop: 11:20 a.m.–1 p.m., Thursday, November 7 Davis Court CLICK HERE to RSVP 

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.

*Liberation: 11:20 a.m.–1 p.m., Tuesday, November 12th Harmon Room  CLICK HERE to RSVP 

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 imbed liberatory strategies their daily lives to bring about a more just Macalester and community.

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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.