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An ally supports members of non-dominant communities.  For example, men can be allies to women, straight people can be allies to LGBT folks, white people can be allies to people of color.  Being an ally is always rewarding and can be challenging.  Allies think about their privileges and work to learn more about themselves and people who are different from them.  Rather than speak for someone else, allies listen carefully to minority community members and follow their lead, knowing that an ally will never be an expert about someone else’s experience. There are many different ways to be an ally.

For additional information related to specific kinds of allies you can read more at the following sites or visit the Gender Equity Center and talk to our staff.

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