Dr. Ann Marie Ryan
Michigan State University

The meaning and measure of an ally: acknowledging performative, insufficient, and ineffective allyship

Allyship in support of members of marginalized groups is portrayed as universally helpful, but acts of intended allyship are not always seen as sufficient and effective by recipients. Further, efforts can be viewed as insincere and performative. In this talk, I will discuss a series of studies on individual and organizational missteps in displaying support for or advocating for those in marginalized groups. Implications for allyship development for individuals as well as for organizational efforts to signal inclusive environments will be addressed.