Diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) and allyship, terms often discussed in the same conversation, are very different in practice
DEI is about issues of representation, dismantling bias in systems and creating spaces where everyone feels they belong.
Allyship is about partnering and supporting marginalized individuals and communities that are different from your own identity group.
Language is important. To distinguish between allyship and DEI, here are some key differences:
- Allyship is often demonstrated at an individual level in a variety of ways.
- DEI is about addressing systems at an organizational level.
- DEI with allyship creates longer-lasting impact at both individual and organizational levels.
Allyship is Often Demonstrated at an Individual Level in a Variety of Ways
Allyship is a choose-your-own adventure approach. The five pivotal roles allies can play are sponsors, mentors, coaches, advocates and challengers.
One of the most underutilized roles of an ally is sponsorship. Sponsors are in rooms that underrepresented folks are likely not in. Sponsors are influential either by position of power or sheer force inside an organization. People listen to sponsors—they have a major influence over career decisions and talent-management processes in succession planning. If you have the ability to be a sponsor, be a sponsor for somebody who’s different from yourself. Sponsor those with different gender identities, sexual orientations and racial identities and ethnicities. Speak up on their behalf when they’re not in the room. Seek out sponsors that can help you as an ally.
Mentors are like future versions of ourselves. When….
At Next Pivot Point we have lots of resources to help you facilitate successful diversity and inclusion initiatives. Schedule some time with our team today to discuss where to start or how to do better. You can also check out:
- Our available workshop topics for developing inclusive leaders.
- Our Train the Trainer programs for scalability within your organization
- Our Right-Sized DEI micro-content packages for consistent small-drip content throughout the year.