Allyship as a Laker - Guest Speaker Rachael Forester, M.S.Ed, PhD ABD
An ally: someone who recognizes the unearned privilege they receive from society’s patterns of injustice and takes responsibility for changing these patterns (Bishop 2002).
Allyship: when members of a social group that enjoys some privilege are working to end oppression and understand their own privilege (Aurora 2012).
At Nipissing University, we want to take action by understanding and unpacking lived racial privilege in order to practice active Allyship in the Laker community. Join Rachael Forrester as she guides a conversation targeted towards students on what Allyship looks like as a Laker.
Open to all students and the Nipissing University community. Click the link below to access the session. The link for session will go live just before the event.
Rachael Forester (she/her/hers) is a two-time alumni of SUNY Cortland where she received her undergraduate degree in Early Childhood and Childhood Education and her master’s degree in English as a Second Language. Rachael has been doing equity work in higher education for about ten years. Rachael currently works as the Associate Director of the Office of Identity, Equity, and Engagement at UNC Charlotte where she is pursuing her doctoral degree in Educational Leadership in Higher Education, with an anticipated completion date of December 2020. She is the founder of Activate! Social Justice Institute and White Consciousness Conversations at UNC Charlotte. Prior to UNC Charlotte, Rachael served as the assistant director for multicultural life and diversity at SUNY Cortland where she developed all gender housing, all gender restrooms, and the SAFE ZONE program, a program for LGBTQ+ ally development.
Her research includes understanding and deconstructing whiteness in student affairs to promote racial equity. Rachael recently started a free, international white accountability group to assist white people in doing critical self-work as change agents for racial equity. She also serves on a multi-university research team exploring the experiences of LGBTQ+ identified students’ experiences within STEM and has published on the topics of activism, LGBTQ+ experiences, and race.
As a social justice educator, Rachael believes social change occurs through a critical understanding of self as it relates to our dominant and minoritized identities and how those identities are connected to systems of power, privilege, and oppression. Her personal philosophy includes being hard on systems and soft on people as she strives to expand participation on the journey towards collective liberation.