Diversity Coffee Connect – Allyship: Understanding and Contributing Effectively to an Inclusive Workplace 

Date and time
Thursday, 7 September 2023, 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm (GMT)
Virtual event.

This event is in the past. View our Insights Pack for the event here.

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” 

Maya Angelou 

The purpose of the Diversity Coffee Connect programme is to provide a safe space for you to connect with other people in the system and to explore an equality, diversity and inclusion theme together through informal conversations.  

The theme for this session is Allyship and we will explore how to be an active ally and contribute to an inclusive workplace culture. 

Allyship means understanding your own privilege, learning about the experiences of others and taking intentional action to advance a culture of inclusion. Allies recognise where power is held within a system and work in solidarity and partnership with marginalised groups to amplify, empower and help drive change. (Masuwa and Sharma, 2020) 

We kindly welcome Priscilla Chipo Marongwe from the Equality, Diversity and Human Rights team at NHS Education for Scotland as our collaborator for this session. Prior to the event, to help inform our conversations, we would encourage you to have a look at our Diversity vlog, prepared by Priscilla and linked to the theme of Allyship. 

The Coffee Connect session will include an introduction from Priscilla summarising the key messages from her vlog.   

After that, participants will be paired up in small groups and invited to have a conversation. Some questions to explore could be: 

  • Have you noticed times when you could have been an ally?  
  • What impact do you think you could have by being an ally?  
  • Do you feel confident to be an active ally within your workplace?  
  • Where do you start? 

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