DeVon Jackson of CHānj Consulting visited Villa Maria to speak to the students about the concept of allyship, in which a member of a dominant group works against oppression through support of and as an advocate with or for the oppressed population.
Mr. Jackson began by asking the students — sophomores in the auditorium and other classes in homerooms — to text answers to questions about being an ally, and how they felt allyship is expressed at Villa Maria. He asked students to consider the privilege accorded to different social groups, citing his own privilege as a man as an example of one type of advantaged group. He also had students privately fill out worksheets that helped them reflect on the social groups that do — or do not — populate their daily lives.
Mr. Jackson, a dynamic and humorous speaker, connected easily with the students. The last segment of the presentation allowed for questions from the sophomores in the audience about how to put allyship into action in their own environment.
The presentation was sponsored by the student DEI Committee.