Graduate Program

Curriculum and Instruction

Degree Name

Master of Science in Education (MSEd)

Semester of Degree Completion

Spring 2022

Thesis Director

Alexis Jones

Thesis Committee Member

John H. Bickford III

Thesis Committee Member

Catherine L. Polydore

Thesis Committee Member

Carole Collins Ayanlaja

Thesis Committee Member

Tim Engles


If an ally knew what they would experience, would they be more willing to stand up? Racism, institutional racism, racial bias, discrimination, and microaggressions have existed in our country since its inception. One way to work to overcome these is by growing allyship and having allies who are willing to speak up and stand beside marginalized groups. This research study addressed what allyship means, the byproducts of racist structures that allies have encountered, ally burnout, and ways to overcome burnout. These were researched through surveys from BIPOCs, named allies, and my school colleague populations. My research found that many White participants who identified as an ally or were called allies have experienced byproducts of racist structures and burnout and have developed strategies to overcome the burnout.