The „A“ Word: Examining the Concept of Allyship (#2)

UPDATE: This workshop is full and registration is now closed.


Due to the interest in the first edition of this workshop in November, we’ve decided to offer the same workshop again. Space is limited to 20 spots.


When we talk about issues of equality, social justice and inclusion, what does it actually mean to be an ally?

This workshop examines the concept of being a so-called „ally,“ exploring questions like:

‣ Who gets this label and who gives it?
‣ How does one engage in conversation about marginalized communities that they are not a part of?
‣ How can we avoid turning attempts to support into even more emotional labor for those we want to help?

These topics and more will be discussed in this interactive workshop hosted by Jarral Boyd in cooperation with aequa.

🗣The workshop will be conducted in English.



UPDATE: This workshop is full and registration is now closed.

Sliding scale pricing based on your means — pay at the workshop. *No one denied for lack of funds.*

Sliding scale:

– Reduced price: 5€
– Standard price: 10€
– Solidarity price: 15€

Payment will be collected in cash on the day of the event.



Jarral Boyd is a linguist and educator who hails from one of the most segregated cities in the United States. Having a black father and indigenous mother, she never had the advantage of ignoring the impact of systematic racism, but it wasn’t until she finally decided to take up roller derby that she became passionate about education and communication on the subjects of white feminism/fragility, implicit bias, and the responsibilities of so-called allyship.

In her 13th year here in Berlin, she now captains her team and heads her rolly derby league’s Inclusion Committee, as well as offering workshops on these subjects to the public.



aequa is a community for social equity. Our vision is an equitable society in which every person can thrive. Our purpose is to activate, empower and connect a diverse, intersectional community — and to do so sustainably. We do that by hosting gatherings for folks to exchange resources, tackle shared challenges, and collaborate to create the world we dream of.

Together, we explore both our individual potential and our collective power.



The Workshop on Forster is a space hosting and inviting people from diverse backgrounds and experiences.

The languages spoken and understood are many and varied. In this space, we strive to celebrate our differences and encourage an open, respectful and compassionate mindset. We try to avoid making assumptions about others, or projecting our own opinions as the only valid truth.

If you or anyone around you expresses or experiences discomfort, please let us know. info [at]


The Workshop on Forster is a community space. We are in the ongoing process of improving accessibility and welcome feedback and suggestions.

This is a multi-room and multi-purpose space with a shared kitchen and toilet. Therefore, sometimes people may need to pass through in order to get to the shared facilities.

The space is unfortunately not wheelchair accessible at this time. The upstairs space is reached via six (6) outdoor steps, each 20cm high. Inside The Workshop there are several steps leading into the salon, as well as a small step (8cm) leading into the kitchen. The bathroom entrance is 75cm wide with a raised doorframe. The entrance to the basement is via eight (8) steps, each 22cm high, accompanied by a handrail. The doorway to the basement is 120cm high and 43cm wide, but can be opened to 96cm wide if needed.

Please note that there are usually flowers and plants in the space, and it is used by diverse groups of people (and occasionally dogs, too). Therefore we are unfortunately not able to guarantee a scent- or allergen-free space.

Lighting varies throughout the space and depending on the event. The Gallery has a slight echo and occasional sound bleed from the Basement can occur throughout all rooms.

The bathroom has its own sink and is all-gender. The doorway is 75 cm wide and has a raised doorframe (approx 4 cm high).

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