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NYU ALLY WEEK


allyship (v.) is an active and consistent practice of unlearning and re-evaluating beliefs and actions, in which a person seeks to work in solidarity with a marginalized individual or group of people


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Save the Date: April 13 - 17, 2015


Feature event: ONE DROP OF LOVE

Friday, April 17, 8 - 10 pm, Skirball

One Drop of Love is a multimedia solo show written and performed by Fanshen Cox DiGiovanni. It asks audiences to consider: how does our belief in ‘race’ affect our most intimate relationships? The show travels near and far, in the past and present, to explore family, race, love and pain - and a path towards reconciliation. Audiences will go on a journey from the 1700s to the present, to cities all over the U.S, and to West and East Africa, where both the narrator and her father spent time in search of their racial roots.

Produced by Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, and Fanshen Cox DiGiovanni. Get tickets here.


Monday, April 13

COMMUNITY PHOTO, 12 - 12:30 pm, Washington Square Park (Rain or Shine): To kick-off the week, we are gathering for the first-ever university-wide Ally Week picture in Washington Square Park. As a community we will all meet at 12pm, the picture will be taken promptly at 12:15pm. The first 50 students to attend will receive a free Ally Week t-shirt! A long-range picture will be taken of us from above, and you can also learn about how to take pledge pictures throughout the rest of the week! All are welcome- including students, faculty, staff, and NYC community members.

ACTION ZONE, 5 - 7 pm, 726 Broadway, 3rd Floor: Action Zone is a bystander intervention training for risk reduction. Studies show that in emergency situations most people present would like to help, but very few actually do. Action Zone explores this phenomenon – The Bystander Effect – as well as when to intervene and when not to. This dynamic, interactive training prepares participants to be allies in the NYU community. Register here.

 

Tuesday, April 14

DIVERSITY ZONE,  1 - 4 pm, Kimmel 806 (CMEP Lounge): Diversity Zone training is designed to explore the basic issues that surround race, class, and ethnicity, and provide participants with tools and information to become more culturally aware and competent. Register here.

#BLACKTRANSLIVES MATTER: CECE MCDONALD ON MASS INCARCERATION, ALLYSHIP AND TRANS LIBERATION, 6:30-8pm (Space TBD): CeCe McDonald, an aspiring fashion student living in Minneapolis, was attacked by a racist, transphobic mob while walking to the grocery store in July of 2010. One of her attackers, intoxicated and adorned with a swastika tattoo, died days following the incident.  CeCe was charged with two murders and was threatened with up to 80 years in prison for daring to defend herself. While imprisoned, she discovered that her story was not unique, but that she was among many Black people—particularly Black, trans women—railroaded to prison.

The stories of Assata Shakur, Angela Davis, and Mumia Abu-Jamal inspired her to fight not only for her own freedom but for all the trans women who have been slain or made victims of the criminal injustice system. Since her release in January of 2014, CeCe has become a leading and outspoken activist. Co-hosted by the NYU International Socialist Organization and co-sponsored by Queer Union.

 

Wednesday, April 15

DREAM ZONE, 10 am - 12 pm, Kimmel 806 (CMEP Lounge): DREAM Zone training provides a basic review of federal and local policies, discusses some of the issues undocumented students face specifically at NYU, and explores ways in which to be a better advocate and ally and create a more inclusive and supportive campus environment. Register here.

ON VIOLENCE: RAMYA RAMANA, 6:30 - 8:30 pm (Space TBD): What connections exist between state-sanctioned violence against Black, brown, and queer bodies here and abroad? The A/P/A Institute at NYU presents an evening of conversation and poetry featuring Ramya Ramana, the current NYC Youth Poet Laureate and spoken-word phenom. Introduced and moderated by Gayatri Gopinath (NYU Department of Social & Cultural Analysis). Learn more here.

 

Thursday, April 16

FAITH ZONE, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm, GCASL 491 Lounge): Faith Zone promotes spiritual and religious literacy and dialogue. Topics covered include reflecting on personal experiences with faith and spirituality, examining the global and local context for various religious traditions represented at NYU, as well as discussing tips for creating a safe and welcoming environment. Register here.

-ISM SHOWCASE, 7 - 9 pm, Kimmel E&L Auditorium (4th Floor): A multimedia, interdisciplinary showcase of art and performance by students that examine the complex ways “-isms” impact their lives, in regards to diversity and social justice. Undergraduate and graduate students use different artistic platforms to express their research and understanding of their selected “-isms." Doors open at 6:30, reception from 9 - 10 pm.

 

Friday, April 17

SAFE ZONE, 10 am - 1 pm (Location disclosed after registration): This training provides a foundation of knowledge needed to be an effective ally to LGBTQ students. Individuals who complete this training and then choose to post a Safe Zone card should be comfortable with LGBTQ students approaching them to talk about LGBTQ related issues, or to help students find campus or local resources. Register here.


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Submit a Collaborative Program

We look forward to co-sponsoring and/or promoting collaborative programs during Ally Week. Events will be promoted via Ally Week social media and on the Ally Week 2015 events page.  Program submissions are due Sunday, April 5th at 11:59 PM.


What is Ally Week?

At a large urban institution with hundreds of micro-communities, it is often challenging to foster meaningful cross-cultural interactions. NYU Ally Week creates opportunities for students, faculty, and administrators to deepen their understanding of the experiences of others, and raise awareness of the individual and collective injustices that confront many in our society.
 
Working from an intersectional and intercultural understanding of oppression, the entire campus community will be challenged to examine stereotypes and prejudice through events, a photo campaign, pledge stations, and social media!

 Sponsored By:


CENTER FOR MULTICULTURAL EDUCATION AND PROGRAMS

LGBTQ STUDENT CENTER

GLOBAL NETWORK PROGRAMMING COMMITTEE

OFFICE OF RESIDENTIAL LIFE & HOUSING SERVICES

ASSOCIATION OF STUDENT AFFAIRS PROFESSIONALS

BRONFMAN CENTER

CENTER FOR SPIRITUAL LIFE

CENTER FOR STUDENT ACTIVITIES LEADERSHIP & SERVICE

COLLEGE OF ARTS & SCIENCE
ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT PROGRAM

COLLEGE OF DENTISTRY OFFICE OF STUDENT AFFAIRS & ACADEMIC SUPPORT SERVICES

GALLATIN STUDENT LIFE

HEALTH PROMOTION OFFICE

LIVE WELL NYU

OFFICE OF GLOBAL PROGRAMS

OFFICE OF GLOBAL SERVICES

SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING STUDENT ACTIVITIES

STEINHARDT STUDENT AFFAIRS

STERN SCHOOL OF BUSINESS UNDERGRADUATE COLLEGE

STUDENT RESOURCE CENTER

TISCH SCHOOL OF THE ARTS STUDENT AFFAIRS

WASSERMAN CENTER FOR CAREER DEVELOPMENT

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