Growing Allies encourages and motivates University of Michigan constituents to expand their knowledge and skills related to the concept of social justice allyhood through workshops, programming, marketing campaigns, technological networking resources, and more. Growing Allies reaches the broader University of Michigan community, including undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, and staff. The program focuses on both engaging those who are already involved in social justice and ally development, as well as those who have never thought about their role in social justice. It is the goal of Growing Allies to provide resources, support and an infrastructure for developing and maintaining an ally community on this campus.
Growing Allies views allyhood as a process and recognizes great value in networking people who are engaged in that process. With a visible and symbolic community of social justice allies, the campus climate will become safer and more comfortable for individuals with a variety of social identities. Additionally, Growing Allies strives to empower participants to be agents of positive change both on campus and in society at large.