From Teaching for Diversity and Social Justice: A Sourcebook by Maurianne Adams, Lee Anne Bell, Pat Griffin (New York: Routledge Press, 2007).
Copy the diagram on newsprint, but not the accompanying text. You will provide the text in the course of the activity.
The inner circle is the sphere of Self.
The next circle -- going out from the center circle - is the sphere of Close Family & Friends.
The next circle is the sphere of School & Congregational Life.
The outer circle is the sphere of Community.
Spheres of Influence
The Spectrum of Oppression:
Created by P. Griffin and B. Harra, 1982.
Becoming an Ally
What Is an Ally?
An ally is a member of the agent social group who takes a stand against social injustice directed at target groups (Whites who speak out against racism, men who are anti-sexist). An ally works to be an agent of social change rather than an agent of oppression. When a form of oppression has multiple target groups, as do racism, ableism, and heterosexism, target group members can be allies to other targeted social groups they are not part of (lesbians can be allies to bisexual people, African American people can be allies to Native Americans, blind people can be allies to people who use wheelchairs).
Characteristics of an Ally
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