Actively making the commitment and effort to recognize one’s privilege (based on race, gender, class, sexuality, etc.) and working in solidarity with oppressed groups in the struggle for justice. Allies understand that it is in their own interest to end all forms of oppression, even those from which they may benefit in concrete ways. Allies commit to reducing their own complicity or collusion in oppression of those groups and invest in strengthening their own knowledge and awareness of oppression.


Adapted from Open Source Leadership Strategies “The Dynamic System of Power, Privilege, and Oppressions” and Southern Jamaica Plain Health Center