Through the Looking Glass

Allyship according to Nicole Asong Nfonoyim-Hara is “when a person of privilege works in solidarity and partnership with a marginalized group of people to help take down the systems that challenge that group’s basic rights, equal access, and ability to thrive in our society.” Allies play a significant role in the effort to dismantle racism and oppression in the workplace, through supportive personal relationships, public acts of sponsorship and advocacy that help to drive systemic improvements to workplace policies, practices, and culture.


According to Lean In , 80 percent of white employees consider themselves as allies to people of colour at work, but only 45-55 percent women of colour agree to having strong allies in the workplace. In the words of Mikki Kendall, “it’s never the privileged outsider who gets to decide when they are a good ally,” allyship involves intentional meaningful action geared towards dismantling oppression. L’Oreal Thompson Payton shares the questions below to encourage reflection on true allyship.


  1. Do You Get Defensive When a Coworker Calls You Out?
  2. Are you educating yourself?
  3. Are You Willing to Use Your Privilege to Help Others?
  4. Do You Amplify the Voices of Coworkers?
  5. Do You Hold Your Colleagues Accountable?
  6. Do You Acknowledge Your Unconscious Bias?
  7. Are you Consistently Taking Action?
Durham Region Unemployed Help Centre

Log in to your DRUHC Member Account. Not a Member? Register Here: Job Seeker | Employer

DRUHC - Employer - Looking to Hire
Click or drag a file to this area to upload.
DRUHC - Employer - Employment Specialist Appointment Request

Leave this blank if the location is not important
Select if this is a remote position.
Choose some tags, such as required skills or technologies, for this job.
Deadline for new applicants. The listing will end automatically after this date.

Company Details

DRUHC - Job Seeker - Employment Counsellor Appointment Request
Use Home Phone if Mobile Phone is not available.
DRUHC - Employer - Training Grant Access
DRUHC - Appointment Request
Home Phone if Mobile is not available.
DRUHC - Job Seeker - Computer and Employment Resources Request
Use Home Phone if Mobile Phone is not available.