Allyship development for Doctoral students: Blended Learning modules

Provided by coach and consultant Lou Chiu, the following modules combine e-learning with live, online seminars to support your allyship development as a doctoral researcher. Spaced throughout the academic year, the modules are designed so that they can be engaged with at a pace that is accessible and to provide you with a chance to reflect on your progress through the modules and your academic journey.

MODULE 1: Allyship as being-in-the-world – Wed 10th November 2021, 2-3pm

In this session, we will focus on the values and resources that underpin allyship behaviours. Based on the assumption from intersectionality theories that each of us is ‘oppressor and oppressed’, we look at personal, cultural, and epistemic resources to create physical and psychological safety for our communities 

MODULE 2: Allyship as a student – Thurs 9th December 2021, 2-3pm

This session will explore how to have conversations around race, gender, sexual identities, religion, abilities, neurodiversity, age, political stance, and other identity markers. We will discuss the difference between academic debate and speaking through lived experiences. In doing so, we will cover battle fatigue, the weight of presentation, and privilege fragility.  

MODULE 2: Allyship as a professional – Wed 16th February 2022, 2-3pm

Throughout this session, we will address the cultural and behavioural manifestations of systemic oppression, particularly in professional spaces. This might include under-representation, institutional gaslighting, and micro-aggressions. As well as recognising these signals, we will explore how to intervene in a firm, professional manner and how we advocate for cultural change. 

MODULE 4: Allyship as a researcher – Wed 4th May 2022, 2-3pm

In this session, we will look at how each of us is impacted by epistemic injustice, especially how we don’t know what we don’t know. By using anti-oppressive, difference-centred paradigms, students can reflect on how people make sense of the world and how it might contradict other interpretations of experience. The session will also consider the practical impacts of conducting primary research with marginalised communities. 

Booking information

The Modules are designed to be attended as a series. Bookings are open to doctoral students in any of LAHPs eight partner institutions in any year of doctoral study.

Please register for your place via the Allyship blended learning module registration page.

Bookings will close shortly before the first session on Monday 8th November 2021 at 4pm.

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