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Allyship


Allyship: It Begins With Us

Written by: Serena Sengupta A quick google search returns the definition of an ally as “being a person or organization that cooperates with or helps another in a particular activity”.  What does this mean? Why is it important? Being an ally isn’t easy; it requires constant attention and awareness of the situations we are in.…

Am I Doing Enough As An Ally?

Written by: Sylvia Kathirkamanathan The term ally is easily thrown around in today’s society, but is it being executed to its best potential? What separates a good ally from a performative ally in today’s world? As a South Asian woman of colour, I find myself reflecting on what I do in my daily life to…

What’s In a Name

Written by: Jade Courchesne “F**k, I’m in a group with international students.” Let’s unpack this sentence.  Let’s talk about how someone I used to know would look at a list of names for a group project and assume that the outcome would be detrimental to their grade; that they would be pulling all the weight;…

Being a Real Ally

Written by: Rana Salman Allyship is a powerful and beneficial trait that we often hear a lot about, but what does that really look like?  Social media posts are probably what many think of when considering what allyship means in 2021. They think posting black squares to their timelines, retweeting statistics and reposting articles to…

How to Become an Ally to Women of Colour

Written by: Sophia Wang Most definitely you have heard or seen the phrase “become an ally,” but what does this really mean, and how can this be achieved? There are many ways to become an ally, including being an ally to people of colour, an ally with the LGBTQ community, or an ally for women’s…

Understanding the Difference Between Performative Activism and Genuine Allyship

Written by: Mehak Narula In the world of social media, it is becoming increasingly hard to connect to the social issues surrounding us. Thus, the distinction between performative and genuine allyship tends to be blurred. Being able to understand the difference of when allyship is performative or genuine is extremely important for being an ally.…

Being an Ally is Hot

Written by: Abigail Mathews Being an ally is hot.  An ally uses their power to stand up for a person or group that is facing discrimination or injustice, An ally understands that educating themselves is entirely up to them, An ally uses the benefits of their privilege to support those lacking it, An ally is…

Various Forms of Discrimination & the Within Group Allyship We Must Cultivate

Written by: Shayla Joshi I often find myself questioning my identity as a woman of colour, and when this internal dialogue arises, I find myself validating my identity by analyzing my experiences.  Have I even been racially discriminated against?   Well, before I even start with that I must ask: what is discrimination? Racial discrimination can…

Stolen by Smith- an Article

Written by: Niroshini Mather The instagram account @StolenbySmith has sparked a much needed introspection into the experiences of BIPOC students and staff at Queen’s University. The account was launched by Kelly Zou, a fourth year commerce student, in order to offer Queens students and alumni the opportunity to anonymously share their experiences of racism, homophobia…

How to Spark Change: the Distinction Between Equity and Equality

Written By: Shayla Joshi A distinction that is often overlooked is that of equity versus equality. Sure, in general terms, most people understand the definitions of these words, but what do they mean when executed? What do they signify as ideals? The distinction between equality and equity is paramount in addressing the systemic barriers rooted…

Colourism in the South Asian Community

Written By: Niroshini Mather Now more than ever, the daily struggles faced by the Black community are being brought forward in light of the recent murders of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor at the hands of the police. As a result, many of us have begun a much needed introspection to determine how, inadavertently or…

Don’t be a Hero, be Clark Kent

How to actively practice anti-racism  Written By: Sydney Ko My dad used to say to me, “don’t be a hero.” I was 13, and we were on our drive to school. Maybe it was because I was at the age where I thought the world revolved around me, but I was baffled by his statement.…

“Matters is the Minimum”

Written and Photographed By: Leah Biberdorf In the midst of one of the greatest health pandemics, the biggest civil rights movement ever recorded is happening. Not in some far off news story that gets broadcasted for ten minutes but right in our own countries, cities, and homes. The death of George Floyd has rightfully sparked a…

Resources: Ways You Can Help

Written By: Niroshini Mather DONATIONS: For the Victims  Official George Floyd Memorial Fund – The Official George Floyd Memorial Fund  I Run With Maud – I Run with Maud  Justice for Breonna Taylor – Justice for Breonna Taylor  For Protestors :  https://bailfunds.github.io/ – A list of Community Bail Funds Organized by States & Cities   Donating…


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