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Social Identity Statements

Inspired by Peggy McIntosh’s, “White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack,” this one-page questionnaire asks 15 questions that aim to get the reader to think about and identify how they experience particular situations.

  1. Individually review the checklist. What privileges do you have? How might your experience of these situations differ from those  who do not share your social identity? What can you do to improve the experiences of others?
  2. In pairs or small groups, compare your responses to the checklist. Where do your experiences differ? Why do you think your experiences in particular situations are different? Was there anything on the list that surprised you or that you had not thought about? Why do you think this is?
  3. In groups, watch one of the “Are you an ALLY?” videos. Discuss how the people with lived experiences that are featured in the video might respond the questions on the checklist? Are these answers different from yours? Why do you think this is?


What Can an ALLY Say?

This one-page document provides general tips and examples of direct and indirect responses to hurtful or offensive comments.

  1. Individually review the direct and indirect responses. Which statements do you feel most comfortable using? What situations/comments (e.g. covert vs. overt discrimination) might prompt you to use particular responses?
  2. In pairs or groups, practice saying these ALLY statements out loud. When might you use a particular response? Which responses do you feel most comfortable using? Why?
  3. In pairs or groups, practice responding when someone tells you that your comment/conduct is discriminatory or offensive. What is the best response? Why?
  4. In groups, watch an “Are you an ALLY?” video. Which responses would you use to address some of the incidents/scenarios discussed in the video?


How Can I be an ALLY?

A concise one-page summary of the three steps to being an ALLY: (1) reflect, (2) consider and (3) act.

  1. Individually review the three steps to being an ALLY. Which of the steps are you already taking? Which steps will you commit to taking in the future?
  2. In small groups, reflect on your group/unit/department. Are there any tips about which you are unclear or would like more information? Which specific steps are already being taken by group members? Which areas need improvement? What do you commit to doing individually and as a group? How do you think taking these steps will impact patient care and the working environment?

Video Discussion Questions (Group and Individual)

  1. In a group, watch one of the Are You an ALLY? videos and take up the corresponding Group Discussion Questions.
  2. Watch one of the Are You an ALLY? videos and complete the Individual Reflection Questions.



Familiarize yourself with key terms used throughout the ALLY campaign, like “marginalized,” “privilege” and “systemic discrimination.” Click here for the Glossary.