Hamilton, other NESCAC institutions to participate in Ally Challenge

Hamilton, other NESCAC institutions to participate in Ally Challenge

Following the establishment of the NESCAC Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee, the Conference has partnered with Women 2.0 and em|PACT Strategies to provide a 21-Day Ally Challenge program, which athletics administrators, coaches and staff from all 11 member institutions will participate in.

The online program is designed to create an understanding of what it means to be an ally for people from underrepresented groups. The curriculum aims to connect and educate participants on the concepts of allyship and empower them to speak up in support of others.

The program also equips participants with the foundational concepts around inclusion that can be used to engage long term with issues and initiatives around organizational diversity, equity and inclusion.

Using core concepts of social/online learning and habit-building, the program challenges community members to reflect and build more self-awareness and be in-tune with daily opportunities for allyship. The program addresses themes such as exploring privilege, bias and identity, and identifying and overcoming barriers that make it hard to be an ally.

The 21-Day Ally Challenge activities will complement ongoing programming of the Conference and member institutions' athletic departments.

"We look forward to partnering with Women 2.0 and em|Pact Strategies on the 21-Day Ally Challenge," NESCAC Executive Director Andrea Savage said. "This program will be a valuable tool for coaches, staff and athletics administrators to help foster diverse, equitable and inclusive environments on our campuses and across the Conference." 

About Women 2.0
Founded in 2006, Women 2.0 is a company focused on gender, diversity and inclusion in the tech and startup spaces. Women 2.0 offers resources for founders and professionals to grow their companies and careers, as well as provide products for workplaces and the startup ecosystem to create inclusive environments that support the advancement of women and other underrepresented groups. Women 2.0 is a for-profit, for good company, committed to equality and inclusion, and thus innovation.

About em|PACT Strategies
em|PACT Strategies is focused on impact and believes that empathy is the key to building diverse and inclusive spaces within organizations as well as a culture of trust. A social change firm, em|PACT Strategies provides practical insights for building better habits that foster more empathetic and inclusive communities. em|PACT Strategies will help professionals be more active every day building inclusion within their workplace and community and help individuals in organizations own the solution for improving company culture while developing personally and professionally in the process.