June 01, 2016

Ally Toolkit Program

Each month, the ABA Staff Diversity Council features various diverse entities and programs so that ABA staff may learn about them. In lieu of LGBT Pride month, the SOGI Commission gave an interactive and informative presentation featuring the Ally Toolkit Program. Beginning with an “icebreaker”, which encouraged participants to discuss word associations and learning about stereotypes. Also discussed were the basic “Do’s and Don’ts” for interacting and communicating with persons of the LGBT community. Awareness of the diversity within the LGBT community was also highlighted, as there are acceptable terminologies and pronouns which can be tricky. Examples of how to be an ally, interact, and support fellow colleagues and contacts belonging to the LGBT community proved to be a very successful take away of the presentation.

TINA M. GUEDEA

SOGI Program Associate