Deconstructing Allyship: White Privilege and Accountability


This work can be formatted several ways and is offered to organizations, institutions, and individuals as:

  • Consultancy for specific projects or growth within an organization/institution
  • Weekend Workshop
  • One Day Intensive
  • Half-Day Workshop
  • Conference Presentation

This workshop is for organizations, institutions, and individuals interested in learning more about the following:

Deconstructing Allyship covers the following topics:

  • Common Ground: Learn shared language, and terms, as building blocks for an anti-racist framework
  • Learn to identify key aspects of white privilege within the field of birth work
  • Showing Up and Owning Up to Stages of Whiteness: Moving beyond shame and blame toward accountability, responsibility, compassion, and healing
  • Individual, Institutional, Systemic: Tools to identify white supremacy within birth work and healthcare systems
  • Humanizing Activism: The work starts with ourselves. Developing the tools for listening, self-inquiry, decentering, and empathetic activism
  • Story Circle: Learning about privilege and race through personal narratives
  • From Ally to Accomplice: The work of deconstructing the Ally Industrial Complex
  • Equitable relationships through a decolonized lens; moving toward a liberatory approach to reproductive justice


This is a space for accountability work to take place for white people committed to doing the ongoing work of anti-racism by learning and unpacking allyship, privilege, and systems like the Ally Industrial Complex. We will be turning the mirror back on ourselves to have brave and honest reflections on how our own whiteness perpetuates and is complicit in maintaining systemic racism. Together, we will go deeper in exploring the obstacles, as well as, the methods to create greater accountability in our lives moving forward.

This workshop is geared to working with white people (and is open to all) to teach participants the foundational building blocks necessary to examine the role that whiteness, privilege, and accompliceship plays in our lives on an individual, organizational, and systemic level.

We will look at the process of examining the construct of whiteness by learning and unpacking allyship, privilege, and systems like the ally and non-profit industrial complex. We will address ways in which individuals, communities, and policy makers are complicit in sustaining substandard outcomes by not recognizing or considering the historical legacy of systemic racism– a reality that exists in the United States as pervasively as it continues to exist internationally. Together, we will go deeper in exploring the obstacles, as well as, the methods that advance a human rights and anti-racist framework for all individuals and communities.


This workshop is geared and created for white people committed to doing the work. Sometimes people of color are interested in attending as well. We have implemented a reparations fee model for any person of color interested in attending. What does that mean? That means, as white participants, we acknowledge that we are complicit in white supremacy and do not charge people of color a fee to participate in this workshop.

VBI Core Value: This work is not a commodity. We do not profit off of the oppression of others.

Proceeds from this workshop cover the facilitator fees and expenses and get put back into our community-based programs to support VBI’s continued work led by women of color both in Syracuse and in Uganda.

To learn more or bring this work to your community, please contact: