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 a greater understanding of the many aspects of allyship and how we can better support one another through active, informed, and critical 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 judgment.

View Understanding the Fundamentals of Allyship with Luca Maurer, founding Director of the Center for LGBT Education, Outreach, and Services at Ithaca College.

2020-21 Building Allyship Series

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

This session focused on developing an understanding of performative allyship and its dangerous impacts. The featured speaker and panelists provided insights on their experiences with performative allyship and share strategies for demonstrating critical allyship.

  • Featured Speaker and Moderator: Chelsea Stephens, Ph.D. Student, Biomedical Engineering
  • Panelist: Tiffany Agard, M.P.A. Student, Cornell Institute for Public Affairs
  • Panelist: Elvisha Dhamala, Ph.D. Candidate, Neuroscience
  • Panelist: Jesse Goldberg, Ph.D. ‘18, African American Literature, Visiting Research Fellow, Auburn University 
  • Panelist: Kelly Zamudio, Ph.D., Goldwin Smith Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology; Faculty Curator of Herpetology, Cornell University Museum of Vertebrates

View a recording of the October session.


November 2020: Combating Anti-Blackness: A Virtual “Fireside Chat” with Cornell Bouchet Scholars

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

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.

  • Moderator: Brianna Tate, Ph.D. Student, Animal Science; President of the Black Graduate & Professional Student Association
  • Discussant: Danielle Fuentes Morgan, ‘16 Ph.D., Cornell Bouchet Scholar, Assistant Professor of English, Santa Clara University
  • Discussant: Monet Roberts, ’17 M.S., ’19 Ph.D. Biomedical Engineering, Cornell Bouchet Scholar, Postdoctoral Associate, Virginia Tech University

View a recording of the November session


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

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

Register:http://bit.ly/BAlly-LGBTQ

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 ET

Register: http://bit.ly/BAlly-Intersectionality 

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.


Accommodations

We strive to make our events accessible to all community members.  Individuals who would like to request accessibility accommodations should contact al546@cornell.edu.  We ask that requests be made at least one week in advance to help ensure they can be met.