From Intent, to Reflection & Action – Becoming an Ally webnair


Becoming an Ally in Partnerships: From Intent, to Reflection & Action

A CLiP Project webinar

Join Lauren Burrows of Wilfrid Laurier University’s Diversity and Equity Office to explore the dynamics of power and oppression that surface in our partnership work, and to identify key understanding and actions needed to become a better ally.

In the webinar, participants will learn about critical allyship:

  • Thinking critically about both systems of oppression and our role within them
  • Being self-reflexive about the ways in which we reproduce these systems of oppression
  • Unlearning ideologies and dismantling systems that support the unjust treatment of others

This webinar will begin with an introduction to anti-oppression concepts like micro-aggressions and intent vs. impact, followed by practical examples of how to be an ally (and a better ally) within partnerships through daily practices of accountability (e.g. responding to moments of exclusion and when you make a mistake).

Lauren first adapted her “Critical Allyship” workshop for the SW Ontario Forum on Collaborative Leadership in Practice in Brantford Ontario (November 2016). This winter, the Collaborative Leadership in Practice project is pleased to offer this unique learning event in an online format. Webinar attendees will hear Lauren’s presentation, and observe her facilitating reflective discussions with a small group of pre-selected online workshop participants. The workshop will conclude in Q&A format with all attendees (via chat box).

As Lauren notes, being an ally can be difficult. Here is an opportunity to strengthen your knowledge and commitment to centralizing equity-seeking and marginalized individuals and groups within partnerships in your community/region.

This webinar is free. Click on the green button above to register.

Email with any questions or accommodation requests.

About the trainer: Lauren Burrows is the Education and Inclusion Coordinator at Wilfrid Laurier University’s Diversity and Equity Office (DEO), Brantford. In this role, Lauren supports WLU stakeholder’s efforts to enhance diversity, through the development and execution of an anti-oppression education strategy. Lauren comes to the DEO from the Social Innovation Research Group (SIRG), where her research focused on addressing gendered violence on university campuses. As a community organizer, and settler on Haudenosaunee and Anishnawbe territory, her interests are in decolonizing the discourse on harm and centralizing those pushed to margins including Indigenous, racialized, queer, trans, and disabled identities and experiences.


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