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What is Allyship?

Evelyn Carter, PhD
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Evelyn is a social psychologist and DEI expert focused on evolving and advancing the practice of diversity, equity, and inclusion.


This blog is based on Paradigm Reach microlearning videos focused on Allyship Training. In this blog, we will define allyship and what it takes to be an ally in the workplace.

Creating an Inclusive, Supportive Workplace

Providing a workplace that feels inclusive to people of all backgrounds and identities requires alignment throughout your organization. It requires making sure your employees are committed to proactively cultivating inclusion while holding fellow employees accountable for this commitment as well. That’s why allyship in the workplace is critical. Allies recognize that the best workplaces are ones where everyone feels valued, supported, and able to do their best work. 

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What is Allyship?

Allyship is making a commitment to ongoing learning and taking courageous action to create a more equitable and inclusive workplace. But it’s also important to know that allyship is not a label or badge you earn with the right training or friend group. Allyship is characterized by actions on a daily basis: it’s a verb – something you do, not who you are. 

Examples of Allyship in the Workplace

Allies take many forms and support a wide variety of people at their workplace. However, they share common actions, as we mentioned that allyship is not a noun but a verb. Allyship is taking courageous action by:

  • Calling out bias
  • Slowing down conversations or decisions to ensure all perspectives are considered
  • Giving up opportunities to create space and opportunities for others 

These are a few of the many evolving ways you can show your commitment to being an ally for people at your workplace. Allyship takes ongoing learning, which means that allyship isn’t about being perfect or always getting things right. Allies prioritize growth, for themselves, others, and the company at large, and change their behaviors based on the feedback they are given.

Becoming and Practicing Allyship At Work

Being an ally isn’t easy and often doesn’t come naturally to some people. It takes open minds and committed habits throughout your organization to make it more equitable and inclusive as well as more successful thanks to the increased input and trust among your people. You can learn more about how to implement allyship training programs in your company with the materials and resources on Paradigm Reach. How will you make changes, both professionally and personally, to take others with you on an allyship journey?

November 21, 2022

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