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Focus on Allies: A New Approach to Diversity and Inclusion

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Jepson Hall, 118
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Most diversity and inclusion initiatives focus on changing the behavior of targets of oppression. This talk, led by Valerie Aurora, explains why we should instead focus on changing the behavior of allies—people who have more power and influence and use it to help people who have less. It describes about a dozen specific ally skills, as well as ways to develop your own ally skills further.

Valerie Aurora is a software engineer turned diversity and inclusion consultant. She is the founder and principal consultant of Frame Shift Consulting, and the lead author of the Ally Skills Workshop, which teaches people with more power and influence how to support people with less. She co-founded the Ada Initiative and Double Union, non-profits supporting women in technology and the arts. Prior to that, she worked as a Linux kernel and file systems developer at Red Hat, IBM, Intel, and other companies.

This event is sponsored by the Office of the Provost, the School of Arts and Sciences, the Jepson School of Leadership Studies, Westhampton College, Richmond College, and Common Ground. It is free and open to the public and registration is requested. Register here.

Contact: Kelly Shaw