Allyship: a new course with the University of Surrey

8th November 2021

From being existing clients to now collaborating with them on our latest module, Marshalls are so excited to be releasing our Allyship Module in partnership with the University of Surrey (School of Health Sciences).

We worked alongside Emily Williams to form the Allyship module which covers some really important issues, especially with regards to how we can become better allies.

Being an ally means recognising that certain groups enjoy privileges and advantages that are not granted to other groups, and working with people from these disadvantaged groups to help dismantle the structurally unequal systems. This e-learning covered in depth what it meant to be a good ally with a focus on race equality, and covers a range of situations of where we can be better allies.

As a part of the same project aiming to reduce structural inequalities within healthcare and higher education, a Let’s Talk About Race session was run for cohort of nursing students.

This session was facilitated by Marshall’s brilliant Dawn Lewinson, who received excellent feedback from both students and staff alike. It was an opportunity to have questions answered, and more importantly for there to be an open, honest conversation about race and its impact on nursing careers and patient care. It was so important that the students had examples that were related to nursing early in their education, to be able to relate their learning and improved understanding to their work for maximum patient benefit.

Despite there being a tight time frame to get the e-learning module and the sessions ready, everything came together and was a great success. We are really pleased with how the module has turned out, and that the School of Health Sciences within University of Surrey have been so proactive in the production of the course for their students.

Emily Williams, Reader in Health Inequalities and Director of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion had this to say, “Working with Marshalls on components of our study has been exciting.  The facilitated session delivered by Dawn was the first time our nursing students had experienced an open conversation about race and racism in healthcare.  Dawn was excellent at engaging the students in a safe discussion and it was amazing to see a few lightbulb moments from students where they understood their privilege and responsibility in this space.  We are also really pleased with the allyship training will builds on Dawn’s session and gives students the tools to be the best allies they can”

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