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Show Up: Become a Friend and Ally

 

You don’t need to understand everything about someone’s identity to make them feel appreciated, respected, and safe in your presence.

  1. Cultivate Awareness and develop the capacity to reflect and give thoughtful attention to interaction within your daily lives

  2. Be honest with yourself about your own biases, prejudices, and privileges

  3. Don’t assume that people are the same or different from you - get to know them

  4. Make friends with people from different groups

  5. Treat people how they want to be treated

  6. Be a good listener

  7. Educate yourself about other’s histories and current events affecting  their communities

  8. Understand where injustice exists