At a large urban institution with hundreds of micro-communities, it is often challenging to foster meaningful cross-cultural interactions. Solidarity 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 explore, take action, and educate (yourself and others) through a series of events and trainings focused on shifting conversations of oppression toward a framework that emphasizes solidarity and collective justice.
solidarity (v.) practices that reflect a commitment to others, out of the recognition that we all have a shared responsibility towards collective freedom. My struggle is your struggle because my freedom is our freedom.
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.
In the 10th year of Ally Week, the Office of Global Inclusion, Diversity, and Strategic Innovation has shifted the name of the week to Solidarity Week. The change more accurately reflects the language that the office, university community, and members of society are utilizing. Allyship is not a bad thing. Allyship is often the first level of commitment to communities that are different than yours. We aim to push the NYU community toward solidarity work. Solidarity includes practices that reflect a commitment to others, out of the recognition that we all have a shared responsibility toward collective freedom. Solidarity Week will continue to offer opportunities for students, staff, and faculty to learn about pressing topics impacting marginalized communities as well as obtain tools to disrupt harmful patterns that hinder inclusion and belonging.