WOC in ELT Supporters

First and foremost, our work is specifically centered on the experiences of Women of Color in ELT. There are not enough spaces out there where we can talk about our daily frustrations and find solutions for them. Hence, our Facebook group is only open to Women of Color: https://www.facebook.com/groups/WOCinELT/

Update: Based on criticism and feedback that we received, we created this Facebook group for our supporters: https://www.facebook.com/groups/WOCinELTandSupporters/

However, we are not anti-ally. In general, being a true ally, or in the language of activism, accomplice (read about the difference here and here), means:

  • Validating and supporting people who are socially or institutionally minoritized in relation to you, regardless of whether you completely agree with or understand where they are coming from
  • Engaging in continual self-reflection to uncover your socialized privilege and internalized superiority
  • Working on a personal level to identify your blind spots
  • Acting as a voice in your community to support, elevate, and amplify the voices of marginalized communities everywhere
  • Advocating when the oppressed group is absent by challenging misconceptions
  • Dismantling the structures that oppress marginalized communities
  • Letting go of control and sharing power when possible
  • Taking risks to build relationships with minoritized group members
  • Taking responsibility for mistakes
  • Having humility and willingness to admit not knowing
  • Earning trust through action
  • Respecting the spaces Women of Color create for themselves

Taken from Is Everyone Really Equal? An Introduction to Key Concepts in Social Justice Education written by Sensoy and DiAngelo (2017) and The Melanin Collective)

If you are a true ally,

  • You can follow us on our social media
  • You can join the Facebook group for our supporters
  • You can share this platform with Women of Color in ELT that you know
  • If you would like to add your name here, please fill out this form: http://bit.ly/WOCinELTSupporters
  • If you would like to write for us and tell us why you support WOC in ELT, please contact us.

Note (added on 2019/11/01): You have the right to remove yourself from this list at any time, for any reason, with or without explanation. Please contact us and let us know.


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University Professor,
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Conversation Skills,
Effective Error Correction,
Informational Interviews,
Hedging & Boosting Language,


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Content-based ESL
with a Focus on
Social Justice Issues

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