"How To Be An Ally" Symposium | Loving Day

"How To Be An Ally" Symposium

When and Where is the Event?

Date and Time: 
04/14/2012 - 9:00am to 5:00pm
Smith College
Address Line 1: 
Campus Center
State (if you are in the U.S.A): 
United States

Multiethnic Interracial Smith College (MISC) invites all to join in a primarily student-led symposium about How to Be an Ally.

We intend to create a space that is as inclusive as possible and stretches across all group boundaries. We are inspired by the need for constant dialogue around racial issues on the Smith campus and beyond, and encourage members of the Smith, Five College, and outside communities to join our conversation and learn from others. Collaborative workshop/discussions and panels will help frame our perspectives and we will collectively come together to define what it means to be an ally, who is an ally, and how those in our community can become and remain committed to supporting each other.

All events will be held in Campus Center 102, 103/4, or 205. Directions and room assignments will be available in CC lobby. CC 102 will serve as a debriefing/mingling/break room all day.

9:30 AM – 10:15 AM // Check-in: Breakfast and Welcoming Remarks -- CC 102

Discussion section 1:
10:20 AM – 11:15 AM // Visionary Organizing: Re-Imagine Smith and Ourselves with Carro Hua '13 -- CC 103/4

Grace Lee Boggs, a longtime activist in Detroit said, “I would say to a young activist, ‘Do visionary organizing.’ Turn your back on protest organizing and recognize how that leads you more and more to defensive operations, whereas visionary organizing gives you the opportunity to encourage the creative capacity in people and it’s very fulfilling.’” What does she mean by “visionary organizing”? What is the current climate of campus organizing? How will this type of organizing unfold in our community? How do we re-imagine Smith to be a learning and living place where all can feel whole as human beings? Come to this workshop to rethink organizing and re-imagine our world.

10:20AM – 11:15AM // Examples of Un/Successful Alliances with Mistinguette Smith, Executive Director, Black/Land Project -- CC 205

11:15 AM – 11:25 AM // Break

Discussion section 2:
11:25 AM – 12:15 PM // How to Be an Ally to Queer People of Color with PRISM -- CC 103/4

How do you read queerness on bodies? How do you read queerness on non-white bodies? Queer People of Color lie in the intersection of at least two marginalized identities. Often we are asked to separate those identities to make others more comfortable but we as people of color who are also queer, have specific needs. We will be working from a framework of discussing privilege, racism and heterosexism. We will give allies some tools to respect how race interacts with queerness and how to respect the queer people of color in their spaces. Come with an open mind and be ready to challenge and question your thoughts on race and sexuality.

11:25 AM – 12:15 PM // Session with Ken Tanabe, Loving Day -- CC 205

12:00 PM – 1:30 PM // Lunch and Announcements -- Chase/Duckett Dining Room

1:45 PM – 3:00 PM // Panel: “What Can Smith Do Better?” with administrators and staff -- CC 103/4

3:00 PM – 3:15 PM // Break

3:20 PM – 4:10 PM // Proactive Ally Training with Pamela Nolan Young, Director, Office of Institutional Diversity and Equity, and Katie Lipp -- CC 103/4

How to be a better ally? In this interactive workshop we will define allyship, you will participate in interactive case scenarios which will help you develop skills to respond to difficult situations, and you will leave empowered to be the change you want to see in world.

4:20 PM – 5:45 PM // Debriefing Session/Discussion/Open Forum -- Tea provided! -- CC 103/4

Join us the night before the symposium (Friday, April 13th) for a Loving Day Celebration, at 6:15PM in Mwangi Cultural Center! Free dinner from Amanouz, jeopardy!, and a screening of One Big Hapa Family. RSVP to reserve your plate of food!


After The Event