Building Allyship Series

Initiated by the GPSA Diversity and International Students Committee, the Building Allyship Series is a collaboration of the Graduate and Professional Student Diversity Council and the Graduate School Office of Inclusion and Student Engagement (OISE).

This series provides an opportunity for members of the Cornell community to engage in productive dialogue focused on fostering greater understanding of the many aspects of allyship and how we can better support one another through active, informed, and authentic allyship.

Each event seeks to create a safe space for critical dialogue where we can bridge gaps in knowledge, learn from each other, and create understanding without fear of judgement.

To view the Understanding the Fundamentals of Allyship with Luca Maurer- click here 

2020-21 Building Allyship Series

October 2020: The Dangers of Performative Allyship- Understanding Intent versus Impact

October 20, 2020 | 12:00 to 1:30 pm

This session will focus on developing an understanding of performative allyship and its dangerous impacts. The featured panelists will also provide insights on their experiences with performative allyship and share strategies for demonstrating authentic allyship.


November 2020: Understanding and Combating Anti-Blackness

November 12, 2020 | 12:00 to 1:30 pm

This session will focus on developing an understanding of Anti-Blackness and the many forms in which it can manifest. It will also center on sharing strategies on how those seeking to serve as allies can actively help combat Anti-Blackness.


February 2021: Coming Out for Allyship with the LGBTQ+ Community

February 24, 2021 | 12:00 to 1:30 pm

This session will provide us with an opportunity to understand the experiences of LGBTQ+ community members as they navigate academic spaces that often do not validate their identities and what they bring to the table. We will discuss what it means to be an ally to members of this community and how to build more inclusive cultures in our labs, classrooms, departments, and more.


March 2021: Existing and Acting at the Crossroads: Understanding Intersectionality to be Better Allies

March 17, 2021 | 12:00 to 1:30 pm

This session will focus on developing an understanding of intersectionality and how an intersectional lens can be used as a tool for advancing social justice.



We strive to make our events accessible to all community members.  Individuals who would like to request accessibility accommodations should contact  We ask that requests be made at least one week in advance to help ensure they can be met.