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(Un)fractured: What Does Allyship Look Like In Vermont?

Olivia Harmon

What does it mean to be an ally? Depends on who you ask. In this installment of (Un)fractured, we have two panels lined up: one of white Vermonters who consider themselves allies and the other BIPOC Vermonters.

The two panels won’t hear from each other, and that was intentional, to allow each group to speak their truths without criticism or judgement. We wanted to create space for conversations that were as open and honest as possible. We also hear from St. Michael's College professor Kathryn Dungy, who returns to help us digest the conversations.

Credit Collage by Emily Aiken / VPR
The top row from left to right is Chiyomi McKibbin, Puja Gupta Senning, Myra Flynn and Addie Lentzner. The bottom row from left to right is Susan McCormack, Kathryn Dungy and Life LeGeros. They spoke with VPRs Connor Cyrus about what allyship looks like in Vermont and how allyship impacts BIPOC Vermonters.

Our guests are:

  • Addie Lentzner, senior at Arlington Memorial High School and student representative for the Vermont Student Anti-Racism Network
  • Susan McCormack, founder of Creative Discourse
  • Life LeGeros, professional development coordinator and member of the Waterbury Anti-Racism Coalition
  • Chiyomi McKibbin, artist and associate director of admissions at the Vermont College of Fine Arts
  • Puja Gupta Senning, psychotherapist based in Waterbury
  • Myra Flynn, VPR engagement producer and musician
  • Kathryn Dungy, chair and associate professor of history at St. Michael's College

Broadcast on Saturday, June 26, 2021 at noon. 

This episode is the third community conversation in the (Un)fractured series. You can listen back to the first and second community conversations, titled: (Un)fractured: Covering Race And Racial Injustice In Our Communities and (Un)fractured: Experiencing Intersectionality In Vermont.

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Emily was a Vermont Edition producer at Vermont Public Radio until September 2021.
Connor Cyrus joined Vermont Public as host and senior producer in March 2021. He was a morning reporter at WJAR in Providence, Rhode Island. A graduate of Lyndon State College (now Northern Vermont University), he started his reporting career as an intern at WPTZ, later working for WAGM in Presque Isle, Maine, and WCAX Channel 3, where he covered a broad range of stories from Vermont’s dairy industry to the nurses’ strikes at UVM Medical Center. He’s passionate about journalism’s ability to shed light on complex or difficult topics, as well as giving voice to underrepresented communities.
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