Phase Three: Integration
Integration is what propels us through the cycle and into new ways of being. Integration is what allows us to grow and become in ways we otherwise would not have been able. Integration is a culmination of our Awareness through Action. And it is also a beginning.
It can look like moments when you catch yourself in a behavior or way of thinking. It can look like beginning to challenge yourself as you initiate Action. Once you begin this work Integration is always in play.
Integration is a gradual process that requires a relationship with The Five Tenets and a willingness to allow the unfolding to happen at its own pace. Integration is not an endpoint.
Integration is an offer to come to a new Awareness.
Bringing it Together
So often, allyship is seen as a big event. In actuality, it is a constant, daily tackling of small events executed by individuals working alone and together.
Active-Allyship might seem like a tall order, a huge request, and it is. Remember, though, change is not always a major movement. Sometimes, it is a steady erosion of ignorance. When we aim high, constantly making large movements against those who are entrenched in the center of privilege, we guarantee our exhaustion. By starting in our circle of friends, in our communities, in our schools, we change the minds and actions of our local circles. They, in turn, will bring change to their circles, and outward and outward.
Active-Allyship becomes a way of being. It asks us to remain willing to engage with the awareness of our privileges, to challenge our implicit biases, and to use an intersectional lens in the process of actions we take.
Active-Allyship is a skill. And the model is a tool to help develop that skill.
Kyle Sawyer (he/they) is an anti-oppression facilitator and educator specializing in working with individuals and organizations on how to turn privilege into change. He is a trans, queer, mixed-race, white-passing individual. With over a decade of experience Kyle founded Building Allies in 2013 and developed the term Active-Ally, someone who witnesses injustice and responds to it in any situation. Kyle has worked with teachers, nonprofit organizations, students, therapists, social workers, community members, family members, and many others on learning how to be Active-Allies through an intersectional lens.