Date of Award

January 2021

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Social Work

First Advisor

Carenlee Barkdull


This thesis explores how an understanding of concepts of the framework of intersectionality may build resilience and increase ability for middle schoolers to learn to be active, effective allies for one another. Allyship is discussed as a necessary skill to learn and not a label one can self-select. A literature review is presented with a specific focus on intersectionality; trauma, resilience, and long-term impact of childhood trauma; and active allyship. These concepts are then framed through a social work lens, focusing on micro, mezzo, and macro levels. As human connection is critical for psychosocial health, this thesis then presents a research protocol and procedure for a group psychosocial intervention for middle school-aged youth.