Being dedicated to continue your own education increases your knowledge about diverse experiences and your own identity without relying on the heavily impacted individuals you are hoping to support. In this video, discover why it is important to be responsible for your own education and learn about resources available to do that.
- Allyship is a lifetime journey. In order to practice an inclusive mindset, you're going to have to be dedicated. What does that mean? It means being really grounded in your personal why, what is it that makes you want to be an ally? What were the experiences, the relationships, the aha moment that made you realize you wanted to do more in the pursuit of equity and justice? You also have to continue your own education. What are some of the things that you can do to demonstrate your commitment? You can read books, take courses, listen to podcasts. There may be people you want to follow on social media that are different than your normal sources of information. There's lots that you can do to continue your own education. You just want to make sure you don't rely on other people who aren't educators to teach you about their experiences. Impacted groups have a lot going on, especially now. They're trying to figure out their own feelings and emotions about the experiences of prejudice and discrimination they face and being asked by so many to mentor them or educate them. So make sure you're doing your own work. And last but not least, think about your stamina. What is it that's going to allow you to sustain yourself in this work? It is not a sprint, it's a marathon. And to last through the entire race, you're going to need to care for yourself. I know it may seem counterintuitive when you have all this energy to want to care and support others, but there's an expression I like to use that says you can't give from the bottom of an empty cup. You want to imagine a cup with a saucer and that you're giving from your overflow. Taking care of yourself is a key step in being an ally. Try to surround yourself with more positive information and not be so fixated on the flux of negativity that's in our social media and environment. Make sure you stay in contact with like-minded people and pay attention to the small wins and successes. What are the sources of inspiration? Maybe it's nature or your spiritual community. Continue to fill yourself up, not just for your personal success, but for the success of the greater efforts of the entire community.