From Ally to Accomplice

At its core, allyship means to champion accountability, to center and uplift those most impacted by systemic oppression and failures, and to have a steadfast commitment to self-reflection and learning. It requires us to give up our personal privileges and to be willing to step out of our comfort zones. Are you willing to sacrifice your privilege if it means making someone else’s life easier to navigate? Are you willing to commit to a lifelong practice that centers progress over perfection? Are you willing to be disturbed and embrace discomfort?

And- are you willing to step into the role of accomplice? We typically have a negative connotation to the word accomplice, often associating it with someone partnering with someone else to commit a crime. But what if the ‘crime’ was dismantling oppressive systems? In the past several years, more and more activists, community organizers, and change makers are calling for allies to further their commitments to equity and addressing injustices. While allyship allows us to focus on the immediate and individual impacts of oppressive systems, accomplices focus on the long game or the long-term strategy to fully takedown those systems altogether. Each role works hand in hand and are absolutely necessary.

What is this resource?
This is a DEI learning resource that includes one exercise to understand what it means to be an ally and introduce the concept of an accomplice. It is meant for teams that are already engaged in DEI learning that have an intermediate understanding of personal and systemic power and privilege.

Who is it for?

  • Executive Directors
  • DEI Leads
  • DEI Committees

What will you gain through this resource?

  • Define ally and accomplice
  • Assessment of personal allyship
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