Even the most well-meaning of institutions will encounter challenges associated with creating meaningful change. Often, these can be traced to a misunderstanding of allyship; it is a verb; a state of action. It is not a state of being. To do this work with integrity, we all must understand that our work and our efforts must be recognized by the people we seek to ally ourselves with; we cannot self-identify as allies. We can acknowledge our privileges, in this particular case, as institutions. As recipients and creators of privilege, we will always be capable of perpetuating systems of oppression from which our privilege came. and with privilege comes immense power. In allyship, we take guidance and direction from the people we seek to work with, not the other way around.