Making Sense of Allyship: The Marriage between Theory and Practice

Social change can be a difficult landscape to navigate when you are outside of the communities that you are trying to support. You want to do something to help, but worry that you might do the wrong thing. You want to speak up, but not speak for. You know that inaction itself is complicit in systems of oppression, but you feel unsure how to act. If this resonates, this session is for you. This session is designed to bridge the gap between the theory and practice of allyship in academic and professional relationships. It will involve a mixture of activities for interactive engagement and levels of accessibility. This session will bring together the group's collective expertise and experiences as a catalyst for further self-reflection, development, and making informed, affirmative actions. The session will include:


-          How to work best with one another

Introductions; addressing diversity fatigue, and establishing ground rules

-          Why allyship?

Exploring the contributing factors to battle fatigue

-          What is allyship? What it isn't.

Focus on self-development and action, whilst addressing tokenism, performative or gesture allyship

-          Allyship actions

How to use the identified resources to look at the practical and research applications of allyship and difference-centred theories.


This session will take place via Zoom on 5 May, from 9:30am - 11:00am. The training will be delivered by Lou Chiu. Find out more about Lou's work at

To register

Please book your place via Inkpath.