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Equity means the unique needs of a person or group are met so they can access what they need to thrive. An ally is a person whose actions support the equity of a marginalized group of which they do not identify. For example if you are a cisgender person you can act as an ally for someone who is Transgender. If you are Black person you can be an ally to someone who is Asian.

Being an ally involves ongoing reflection of your privilege and working to understanding the experiences of people who have different identities than you. Rather than speak for someone else, allies listen carefully to impacted people and follow their lead, knowing that they will never be an expert on someone else’s experiences.

Read the articles below or visit the Gender Equity Center to learn more about allyship.