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Be an 
Effective Ally

Help Change the World

Be an 
Effective Ally

Help Change the World

True Allyship requires you to be open, vulnerable, and insightful. You have to be willing to face conflict and willing to accept accountability.

Meaningful and sustainable change is only possible when allies and BIPOC work together to dismantle systemic racism.

The first step in understanding how to become an effective ally is to have a road map for your journey!


As You Begin Your Journey, Ask yourself:


Do you consider yourself an ally to BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, Persons of Color)?

Do you wonder if you’re doing as much as you can to advance racial equity in your community?

Do you recognize prejudices and stereotypes that exist deep within yourself?

Do you have questions about systemic racism?

Do you understand white privilege?

What is Allyship?

Allyship is an Earned Title.
Allyship is a Journey.
Allyship is a Responsibility.
Allyship is an Honor.

True Allyship requires you to be open, vulnerable, and insightful. You have to be willing to face conflict and willing to accept accountability.

Meaningful and sustainable change is only possible when allies and BIPOC work together to dismantle systemic racism.

The first step in understanding how to become an effective ally is to have a road map for your journey!


As You Begin Your Journey, Ask yourself:


Do you consider yourself an ally to BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, Persons of Color)?

Do you wonder if you’re doing as much as you can to advance racial equity in your community?

Do you recognize prejudices and stereotypes that exist deep within yourself?

Do you have questions about systemic racism?

Do you understand white privilege?

What is Allyship?

Allyship is an Earned Title.
Allyship is a Journey.
Allyship is a Responsibility.
Allyship is an Honor.

Dr. Maysa Akbar, 
PhD, ABPP

Dr. Maysa Akbar is a groundbreaking psychologist, best-selling author, and healer. A thought leader and expert in racial trauma, allyship, diversity, equity, and inclusion, she is sought out by corporations, philanthropies, nonprofit organizations, urban school districts, and social services agencies to promote antiracism and advance racial equity. She brings insight, courage, and passion to her conversations with communities of color and white communities.
   
Dr. Akbar is a board-certified clinical psychologist and is a leading expert in racial trauma. She has held positions as an Assistant Clinical Professor at Yale University, School of Medicine. In addition, Dr. Akbar is the founder of Integrated Wellness Group, a psychotherapy practice specializing in treating race-based trauma since 2008. She has worked nationally and internationally to advance the conversation around diversity, equity and inclusion. . Dr. Akbar lives in New Haven with her husband and two children. In her spare time, she engages in meditation and yoga practices focused on healing and liberation from race-based trauma.

Dr. Maysa Akbar, 
PhD, ABPP

Dr. Maysa Akbar is a groundbreaking psychologist, best-selling author, and healer. A thought leader and expert in racial trauma, allyship, diversity, equity, and inclusion, she is sought out by corporations, philanthropies, nonprofit organizations, urban school districts, and social services agencies to promote antiracism and advance racial equity. She brings insight, courage, and passion to her conversations with communities of color and white communities.
   
Dr. Akbar is a board-certified clinical psychologist and is a leading expert in racial trauma. She has held positions as an Assistant Clinical Professor at Yale University, School of Medicine. In addition, Dr. Akbar is the founder of Integrated Wellness Group, a psychotherapy practice specializing in treating race-based trauma since 2008. She has worked nationally and internationally to advance the conversation around diversity, equity and inclusion. . Dr. Akbar lives in New Haven with her husband and two children. In her spare time, she engages in meditation and yoga practices focused on healing and liberation from race-based trauma.

Real Change Starts with You 

Start here, start now with Dr. Maysa Akbar’s online training course, a roadmap in your journey as an ally. 

This is your call to action.

Racism isn’t something that happened to Black, Indigenous and Persons of Color (BIPOC) people, it is a social construct used to perpetuate oppression, prejudice and injustices

  • Learn about the role of racism in our society from a historical perspective
  • ​Acknowledge and recognize the role white privilege plays in your own life and in society as a whole
  • ​Learn how to practice antiracism in various aspects of life- work, home, social life
  • ​Learn what it means to be an ally
  • ​Learn how you can specifically move forward to effectuate change and promote antiracism in a role that is most fitting and comfortable for you

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Real Change Starts with You 

Start here, start now with Dr. Maysa Akbar’s online training course, a roadmap in your journey as an ally. 

This is your call to action.

  • Learn about the role of racism in our society from a historical perspective
  • ​Acknowledge and recognize the role white privilege plays in your own life and in society as a whole
  • ​Learn how to practice antiracism in various aspects of life- work, home, social life
  • ​Learn what it means to be an ally
  • ​Learn how you can specifically move forward to effectuate change and promote antiracism in a role that is most fitting and comfortable for you

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Become an 
Effective Ally

Engaging in allyship work can be transformational to you as an individual. It can help you learn how to be an active listener, have honest and clear conversations, manage moments of productive conflict, and become a leader who exemplifies empathy and vulnerability. 
  
The Beyond Ally course has been curated by Yale-trained psychologist, best-selling author, and healer, Dr. Maysa Akbar.

I am a white woman who grew up in racially-segregated Louisville, Kentucky.
Because my working-class family was fairly open to other cultures, and because I had the opportunity to live and work with indigenous communities in Latin America, I thought I had no prejudices. Was I ever wrong! Reading Dr. Akbar’s book woke me up to the multitude of ways that “kind-hearted” people like me are oblivious of the deep racism in our core. Maysa’s use of personal stories and strong research brought things home to me with clarity and strength. The book taught me a lot. And let me know that I have much more to learn. Thank you for educating us, Dr. Akbar.
- Millie Grenough
Author, Oasis in the Overwhelm
Clinical Instructor in Psychiatry, Yale University School of Medicine




Beyond Ally Course Key Learnings

  • Learn and acknowledge the true role of racism in our society from a historical perspective..
  • Gain community with other White allies, go through a process of taking ownership for the unearned privilege associated with whiteness... It’s the most powerful and truest form of restorative justice.
  • Learn a more dynamic way to be an ally, with a cultural humility, respectful attitude, and enthusiasm for new knowledge.

Become Your Best Self

  • Personalize the work to become an ally so you can be motivated to take action, but don’t personalize it so much that you feel tempted to shut down or retreat.
  • ​Recognize that the best things in life are hard and this won’t be any different.
  • ​Know that as you start to find your voice, you will be faced with using new language and being in unfamiliar situations. You will make mistakes.
  • ​Realize that when you don’t understand cultural differences, your impact will not always be what you intended.
  • ​Practice antiracism daily and become an equity broker.

Become an 
Effective Ally

Engaging in allyship work can be transformational to you as an individual. It can help you learn how to be an active listener, have honest and clear conversations, manage moments of productive conflict, and become a leader who exemplifies empathy and vulnerability. 
  
The Beyond Ally course has been curated by Yale-trained psychologist, best-selling author, and healer, Dr. Maysa Akbar.

I am a white woman who grew up in racially-segregated Louisville, Kentucky.
Because my working-class family was fairly open to other cultures, and because I had the opportunity to live and work with indigenous communities in Latin America, I thought I had no prejudices. Was I ever wrong! Reading Dr. Akbar’s book woke me up to the multitude of ways that “kind-hearted” people like me are oblivious of the deep racism in our core. Maysa’s use of personal stories and strong research brought things home to me with clarity and strength. The book taught me a lot. And let me know that I have much more to learn. Thank you for educating us, Dr. Akbar.
- Millie Grenough
Author, Oasis in the Overwhelm
Clinical Instructor in Psychiatry, Yale University School of Medicine

A Guide for Racial Justice

The Beyond Ally course is a guide for those who want to use their privilege in service of antiracism and the creation of racial equity among all citizens in our diverse society. The course also aims to reconcile the history of racism in an effort to see beyond our racial differences and become aspirational in our journey toward a more harmonious environment.

This is your Call to Action.

White allies are at an important crossroads, a reckoning for the role of creating, elevating, or complicity in leveraging Whiteness for financial and social gain. This process includes accepting the ancestral past and leading change in White communities to work toward the elimination of institutional racism. Meaningful conversations about how to end racism – one person, one neighborhood, and one community at a time – cannot begin until White allies own their role.
   
Beyond Ally is focused on connecting the separately categorized dots in our minds that need to be inclusive.
It isn’t easy to challenge our worldviews, and it takes courage to decide to be someone different from what you have been taught to be.
  
Let go of the pursuit of individualism and welcome love, friendship, celebration, connection and authenticity into your life.
   
Become a leader in breaking cycles of discrimination, bigotry, xenophobia, and oppression.

The Beyond Ally course has been developed by Yale-trained psychologist, best-selling author, and healer, Dr. Maysa Akbar.

What is included in the Beyond Ally course?

When you enroll in the Beyond Ally program, you will receive access to 
6 modules, reflections and calls to action to facilitate learning in different media.

The reflections and calls to action will provide practical tools to support the 
transformation process and help build mental toughness.

Each module will be broken up into two to four lessons and each will have a mix of three components:

Reflections and Calls to Action

VIDEOS

Resources

Yes, It’s Tough Work …

… But we guarantee you will see your relationships and alliances in a new light after experiencing all 6 modules of the Beyond Ally course. If you are not satisfied with the depth of your learning, we will happily refund your course fee within 30 days. 

“This is a critical moment in our country’s history, and defeating systemic inequality will take allies who are committed to learning what it really means to fight racial injustice.” 

 - Peter T. Grauer, 
Chairman of the Board, Bloomberg LP

“This is a critical moment in our country’s history, and defeating systemic inequality will take allies who are committed to learning what it really means to fight racial injustice.” 

 - Peter T. Grauer, 
Chairman of the Board, Bloomberg LP

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How long does it take to complete this program?
We recommend that you spend a few days on each module to absorb the information, reflect on the critical nature of historic systemic racism, ask yourself has history repeated itself, and complete the homework assignments.
Is the course worth it?
The course offers immense personal development opportunities as you learn to be an ally with a course thoughtfully curated for this purpose. Don’t stop there. Do your part to help change the world.
Can I return to previous modules to refresh my understanding of a topic?
Yes! You will have access to the entire program for one full year after you enroll. Review the materials at your convenience.
Can I share the information with others in my community?
We encourage you to share your newfound knowledge with people you work with and others in your community. But please be aware that access to the membership site is only for you. The materials in the program are copyrighted by Dr. Maysa Akbar and are not available for duplication or distribution without her permission. This course prepares you for a journey of personal development and growth. It does not, however, certify you to train others on this subject.

The Beyond Ally course is 
not available anywhere else.

Click now to become an effective ally. Gain the knowledge to transform into the best version of yourself and help dismantle racism.

TESTIMONIALS

"Dr. Akbar tells it like it is and tells it like it should be told. She writes a raw and honest book about race, whiteness, the racial trauma that lives in our communities and in our bodies. She gives readers, especially white readers, a blueprint for how to begin the process of moving beyond allyship into becoming more active agents of change."
- Dena Simmons, Ed.D
Assistant Director at Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence

TESTIMONIALS

"Dr. Akbar tells it like it is and tells it like it should be told. She writes a raw and honest book about race, whiteness, the racial trauma that lives in our communities and in our bodies. She gives readers, especially white readers, a blueprint for how to begin the process of moving beyond allyship into becoming more active agents of change."
- Dena Simmons, Ed.D
Assistant Director at Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence

“As a Hmong American woman psychologist, the personal stories of racism that the author shared resonated with so many of my own. To me, this confirms the need to move beyond being an ally. This book has the potential to start powerful conversations and personal growth. The author presents thought provoking questions- yet the work toward change remains in the hands of the reader and the author is very clear about that. This is a much needed book!”
- Talee Vang, PsyD., LP

“At this moment in time, a swell of white people are recognizing their role in the racism that pervades our planet. The risk to this movement is helpless paralysis when the full scope of the problem is realized. Dr. Akbar warmly invites the reader into the challenging process of self-reflection and encourages them to engage in the work of racial justice. Beyond Ally is an expertly timed road map for white people ready to address how race and racism impacts their lives.”
- Candice Norcott, PhD
University of Chicago
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience

Beyond Ally is definitely a step in the direction towards the true liberation of people of color and the progress of all people. Ownership of dismantling systemic oppression belongs to us all, white people not being exempt. If ever there was a hand-book to lead the way, this is it. It is truly inspiring, something that we all need to read and all need to work!
- Aida Rodriguez
Comedian, Actress, Writer and Activist

“Having a family filled with POC who I love dearly doesn't make me an ally. Dr. Akbar helps us to learn what we need to do to transform our love and desire for racial justice into actionable steps. Beyond Ally is a compassionate, insightful guide to recognizing and accepting our privilege to turn it into a tool to build meaningful change in our communities- brick by brick.”
- Lisa Votto, LMFT
New Haven, Connecticut

“If we thought Dr. Akbar’s book on Urban Trauma: A Legacy of Racism was a cultural
masterpiece in helping us understand trauma, racism and the impact on the experience of the
African diaspora; however this new book is an extraordinary teaching tool that catapults us into a deeper understanding of the definition of white privilege, provides steps of allyship and real social change. She reveals her personal struggles to demonstrate that people of color need strong allies to advance social justice.”
- Jan Owens-Lane, PhD
Clinical Psychologist & Management Consultant
Silver Spring, Maryland

“As a Hmong American woman psychologist, the personal stories of racism that the author shared resonated with so many of my own. To me, this confirms the need to move beyond being an ally. This book has the potential to start powerful conversations and personal growth. The author presents thought provoking questions- yet the work toward change remains in the hands of the reader and the author is very clear about that. This is a much needed book!”
- Talee Vang, PsyD., LP

“At this moment in time, a swell of white people are recognizing their role in the racism that pervades our planet. The risk to this movement is helpless paralysis when the full scope of the problem is realized. Dr. Akbar warmly invites the reader into the challenging process of self-reflection and encourages them to engage in the work of racial justice. Beyond Ally is an expertly timed road map for white people ready to address how race and racism impacts their lives.”
- Candice Norcott, PhD
University of Chicago
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience

Beyond Ally is definitely a step in the direction towards the true liberation of people of color and the progress of all people. Ownership of dismantling systemic oppression belongs to us all, white people not being exempt. If ever there was a hand-book to lead the way, this is it. It is truly inspiring, something that we all need to read and all need to work!
- Aida Rodriguez
Comedian, Actress, Writer and Activist

“If we thought Dr. Akbar’s book on Urban Trauma: A Legacy of Racism was a cultural
masterpiece in helping us understand trauma, racism and the impact on the experience of the
African diaspora; however this new book is an extraordinary teaching tool that catapults us into a deeper understanding of the definition of white privilege, provides steps of allyship and real social change. She reveals her personal struggles to demonstrate that people of color need strong allies to advance social justice.”
- Jan Owens-Lane, PhD
Clinical Psychologist & Management Consultant
Silver Spring, Maryland

“Having a family filled with POC who I love dearly doesn't make me an ally. Dr. Akbar helps us to learn what we need to do to transform our love and desire for racial justice into actionable steps. Beyond Ally is a compassionate, insightful guide to recognizing and accepting our privilege to turn it into a tool to build meaningful change in our communities- brick by brick.”
- Lisa Votto, LMFT
New Haven, Connecticut

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