Allyship training invites and encourages people who have privilege, advantage, and status to use those assets to improve workplace equity. Research shows that allyship training produces a range of benefits for workers in marginalized groups–reduced stress, increased happiness, and higher productivity.

The focus of these workshops will be to help participants understand the importance of allyship, their roles as allies, how to integrate creativity into their allyship practice, and how to implement allyship in the workplace. The workshops will focus on practical skills and behaviors, not changing ideology or belief systems.

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Program Details

The Allyship Series includes four workshops, and participants may register for individual workshops for $30 each or for the entire series for $100. The first three workshops will be presented in hybrid format (Zoom and in-person), though participants are strongly encouraged to attend in-person to get the full benefit of the experience, and the last workshop will be presented in-person only.

Facilitators:

Featured Facilitator Bios

Ghadeer M. Garcia is a longtime advocate for diversity, equity, and inclusion. She led a nonprofit tasked with changing the face and voice of the marketing and advertising industry and was also trained and worked alongside Kansas City’s top DEI innovators. Ghadeer, or Gigi as she’s affectionately referred to by her loved ones, believes in deliberate and purposeful action to create necessary change which is why she is so passionate about her work. Ghadeer’s strengths lie in making connections across communities and networks to create solutions. Not only is she a serious networker, she’s also a fun-loving theme party thrower and mom to two amazing teenagers.

Mark Logan is the founder of idealect, a social innovation consultancy. Idealect uses Equity-Centered Design to help organizations tackle systemic challenges and inequities. A seasoned entrepreneur, Mark has enjoyed a 30-year career in technology, communications, and innovation. He is active in several community organizations. He graduated from Duke University and has earned certifications in data science from UC Berkeley and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion from the University of Wisconsin. His kids are grown and mostly self-reliant, so he now spoils his two rescue dogs with treats and affection instead, affection they return with abundance and slobber.

Session Descriptions

Allyship Skills (hybrid) | Wednesday, July 24 9-10:30 am | Bloch Executive Hall 414 + Zoom ($30)
This session is a fun introduction to the tenets and practice of allyship. It is a richly engaging experience that focuses on common scenarios and practical allyship skills. Through small-group activities, discussion, and games, participants explore potential ways for allies to take action.

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Allyship Language (hybrid) | Thursday, August 22 9-10:30 am | Bloch Executive Hall 414 + Zoom ($30)
This workshop dives into the importance of language as a key skill of allyship. We explore the ways that language changes, how it shapes organizational culture, how it communicates belonging or exclusion, and best practices for organizational and interpersonal communication.

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Allyship Action (hybrid) | Wednesday, September 25 9-10:30 am | Bloch Executive Hall 414 + Zoom ($30)
This workshop gives participants a framework for developing a personalized action plan to become more active and effective allies.

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Innovation for Inclusion (In-person only) | Thursday, October 24 9-10:30 am | Bloch Executive Hall 212 ($30)
In the final session of this series, participants will tackle real opportunities and issues within their own organizations. We will provide a problem-solving framework and tools for them to generate ideas and pilot solutions.

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Register for all four sessions in the series ($100)

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These programs are funded in part by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. ALLY LAB is responsible for the program content.

Cancellation and Transfer Policy:
Full refunds will be given when cancellations are made at least five working days before the first session. A $15 cancellation fee will be deducted from refunds when notification occurs fewer than five working days before the sessions begins. No refunds will be made after the session has begun. You may transfer your registration by contacting MCNL at (816) 235-5720 or lauferc@umkc.edu

Photo and Video Release:
By attending the event, you are giving MCNL permission to use photos and videos from the workshop in future promotional materials.