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Ally Week of Action

Ally Week of Action Calendar of Events: September 18-22, 2017

Ally Week is an initiative that seeks to reach out to the entire Ohio State campus community in an effort to encourage students, staff and faculty to act in solidarity with and on behalf of people who are of a different race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religious or spiritual identity, gender identity/expression, socioeconomic class, or other identity different than their own.

Each of the week's events and programs are heavily focused on the themes of awareness, education and action. The Week of Action sponsors, The Student Life Multicultural Center and Residence Life, are invested in working with the Ohio State community to share the information and tools necessary for everyone to actively participate as an "ally" to members of our campus and Central Ohio community.

At the conclusion of the week, we hope that all participants will have a better understanding of their fellow Buckeyes and have learned new tools in advocating for one another.

Sign the “Week of Action” Pledge

All Week

Stop by the Student Life Multicultural Center, located in the Ohio Union, to sign the Week of Action Pledge. Post your statement on social media with the hashtag #BuckeyeValues and get a free t-shirt!


In Collaboration with OUAB:  An Evening With Hasan Minhaj

Monday, September 18 at 7 p.m. 
Archie Griffin Ballroom of the Ohio Union

Known for this role on "The Daily Show", Hasan Minhaj was also this year's guest at the White House Correspondents Dinner in Washinton D.C. on April 29. In addition, Hasan Minhaj also has a rave-reviewed comedic special on Netflix, entitled "Homecoming King". Ticket required.


Interrupting Racism: Tips and Tools

Tuesday, September 19 at 11:30 a.m.  
Interfaith and Prayer Room of the Ohio Union

Lunch will be served at this highly interactive workshop that will strive to increase self-awareness, explore beliefs about race and examine racism. Participants will learn tools for allyship, and develop a personal plan of action to interrupt racism. This is a participatory workshop, all are welcome, though content will focus on skill building amongst white identified people.


In Collaboration with Residence Life: Page/Stage/Engage: Guante

Wednesday, September 20 at 7 p.m. 
Nosker House

Spoken word poetry (and art in general) creates space for us to grapple with ideas, ask deeper questions and think more critically. In that spirit, join two-time National Poetry Slam champion Kyle "Guante" Tran Myhre for a performance and dialogue around issues of identity, power, resistance and beyond. This is a participatory workshop, and all are welcome.


Bi Visibility: Beyond Binaries Exploring Identity and Sexuality: Featuring Robyn Ochs

Thursday, September 21 at 6 p.m.  
Cartoon Room of the Ohio Union

How do we assign labels to our complicated and unique experiences of sexuality? In this interactive program, we will explore the landscape of sexuality, conduct a thought-provoking anonymous survey of those present and look together at the data. Where do we fall on various sexuality continuum? How do we label? How old were we when we came to our identities and to our sexualities? How asexual/sexual are we? How well do our friends/family members understand our sexuality? This program will expand your perspective and change the way you think about labels. This is a participatory workshop, and all are welcome.


Who Am I, Who Are You, Who Are We?

Friday, September 22 at 4 p.m. 
Alonso Family Room of the Student Life Multicultural Center

This interactive workshop provides an explanation of what social identities are, where privilege comes from and describes the impact that these can have on ourselves and others. We will also take part in an activity to help participants reflect on their experiences with various identities. This is a participatory workshop and all are welcome.