| Stretch October 2021
Forging Allyship/Embracing Allies
Facing an evolving pandemic and political currents that threaten our ability to thrive and realize our potential, our futures are tied to relationships that extend beyond our natural and proven affinity group. This session explores our capacity, skills and commitments needed to recognize and embrace allies. How do we conjure trust, reveal our needs, articulate priorities, establish boundaries, accept challenges and failures, listen carefully, remain willing to give and accept help. In short, engage, accept and sustain allyship?
Tamara Oyola-Santiago is a public health educator. Areas of life work include harm reduction services grounded in social justice in Puerto Rico and New York City. HIV/AIDS decriminalization, self-determination and LGTBQIAGNC health. She is co-founder of Bronx Móvil, a fully bilingual (Spanish/English) mobile harm reduction syringe service program and part of What Would an HIV Doula Do collective (http://hivdoula.work), a community of people joined in response to the ongoing AIDS Crisis.