The 2020 American Express NGen Fellows cohort presented at Upswell 2020 which took place virtually between October 14-16, 2020. Their session, “Skinfolk and Kinfolk: Allyship in Action” invited participants to explore the nuanced ways Black, Indigenous, and other leaders of color are impacted by and can themselves perpetuate systemic racism.
Skinfolk and Kinfolk: Allyship in Action
Black, Indigenous, and other leaders of color can knowingly and unknowingly support systemic racism. Yet, so often, work around allyship in nonprofit and foundation spaces focuses on how white people, especially leaders, can be better allies to Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC). This focus misses the mark: It is crucial that this work happen among BIPOC leaders, as well. Independent Sector’s 2020 American Express NGen Fellows will use case studies, interactive discussion, and more to explore how BIPOC leaders can do the necessary work of allying together so that we can best enact the change we all want to see. While this session has been designed for BIPOC, these dynamics also show up in other marginalized communities (e.g., white disabled leaders can uphold the oppression of other disabled people). Attendees will come away understanding three ways that people with marginalized identities can ally with and support each other in fighting the various manifestations of racism and other forms of oppression in our respective spaces.
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