Be an Ally / Find an Ally
What is Ally-ship?
Ally-ship is used in contemporary social justice activism to describe efforts
by groups of people, to advance the interests of marginalized groups, both in society
at large, and within in particular social contexts, such as universities or workplaces.
The term and related behaviors are controversial, with critics alleging that it is
an ideological, performative, and insincere term that may ignore prior concepts of
tolerance and solidarity.
How can you take action as an Ally?
Dialogue and Ally-ship
Moving toward positive change will require people to listen and engage in genuine,
diverse, and sometimes uncomfortable conversations about differences and ideologies
about the LGBTQIA+ community. Being in structured, well-facilitated, and open dialogues
that affirm the diversity and lived experiences of LGBTQIA+ allow personal and community
The process of developing awareness of culture in the self, which can result
in expanding understandings of culture and developing deeper cultural knowledge about
other individuals and contexts.
Advocacy and Partnerships
Through collective advocacy, we enable partners to benefit from each other's
comparative advantages and leverage, while respecting each other's independence, uniqueness
and diversity of interests.
Inclusion and Accountability
A willingness to see these differences and to make an effort to promote equity
eliminating "otherness" even while acknowledging difference. Allies do not speak for
or over the communities they support, they stand with them. It's hard, it takes practice,
but it makes for genuine community.
Mesa Ally List
The San Diego Mesa College LGBTQ+ Ally/Out List, featuring members of the Mesa
community who proudly serve as advocates for respect, inclusivity, and acceptance.
This directory is comprised of faculty, staff, and administrators who choose to identify
themselves as either allies or members of the LGBTQ+ community.