The Ally Skills Workshop (formerly called the Allies Workshop) teaches men simple, everyday ways to support women in their workplace and communities, in an engaging, discussion-oriented format. After a brief introduction on basic principles of responding to sexism (choose your battles, practice simple responses, you don’t have to be funny, etc.), we discuss real-world scenarios and figure out ways to respond to them. Here’s one review:“This was an amazing class. Great scenarios, great conversations. I really enjoyed not only the guided discussion, but break out conversations with co-workers were hugely enlightening. I’d love to have more honest and frank conversation along that line with [my colleagues].” – Joseph Bironas
People love the practical focus and walk away with skills they can use right away:
“I’ve already witnessed a couple of incidents where coworkers who attended the workshop corrected themselves after saying something that could be misconstrued.” – Anonymous participant
“I liked how it focused on concrete actions and behaviors we could use immediately, not theory.” – Ashley Penney
And other attendees learned new ways to think about and respond to sexism in general:
“The most useful thing I got out of the class was the underlying notion of asserting and defending community values when responding to sexism, rather than addressing the responsible individual directly.” – Anonymous participant
While the workshop is aimed at teaching ally skills to men, it works best with at least 20% women in attendance, so we welcome people of all genders at the workshop!
Sounds like something you’d like to learn? Sign up for the Ally Skills Workshop at LinuxCon now. If you can’t attend LinuxCon, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out how you can run the workshop at your workplace.
LinuxCon features several other events to support women and newcomers in Linux, including the First Time Attendees’ Reception and the Women in OSS luncheon. The Ada Initiaive’s Executive Director will be attending as many of these events as possible as well as teaching the Ally Skills Workshop.
Looking forward to seeing you at LinuxCon and the Ally Skills Workshop!