Ally Training Program

The WMed Ally Training Program serves as a catalyst for culture change at the medical school and is helping to embed the work of diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice into the fabric of the institution. The program involves participation by at least one person from every department and administrative unit at the medical school, in a foundational series of workshop presentations on topics including implicit bias, systemic racism, mental health inequities, LGBTQ+ inequities, gender bias, and ableism. The presentations are being done in partnership with organizations such as ERACCE, Michigan Disabilities Resource Center, OutFront Kalamazoo, Integrated Mental Health Services/NAMI, and the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC).

The foundational trainings include opportunities for continued dialogue in small group discussions – known as “change chats” – and the Courageous Conversations series presented by the Office of Health Equity and Community Affairs. The ultimate goal is to foster and grow a culture of inclusion and belonging for everyone at WMed. Faculty and staff who take part in the Ally Training Program will serve as representatives for their department or administrative unit for DEI strategic initiatives and as DEI Champions for WMed’s vision and goals around DEI.

Along with the participating DEI Champions, these sessions are open to all faculty, staff, residents, and students at WMed. Dates and time for the foundational series and courageous conversation sessions are listed below. 

Implicit Bias
  • Wednesday, July 20, 2022, 4:00-5:00 p.m.
Systemic Racism
  • Thursday, April 21, 2022, Noon-2:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, August 3, 2022, 3:00-5:00 p.m.
Mental Health Inequities
  • Wednesday, April 13, 2022, Noon-1:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, October 26, 2022, 4:00-5:00 p.m.
LGBTQ+ Inequities
  • Wednesday, May 4, 2022, Noon-1:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, August 17, 2022, 4:00-5:00 p.m.
Gender Bias
  • Wednesday, May 11, 2022, Noon-1:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, September 28, 2022, 4:00-5:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, June 15, 2022, Noon-1:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, October 12, 2022, 4:00-5:00 p.m.
Courageous Conversations
  • Thursday, June 23, 2022, Noon-1:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, September 22, 2022, Noon-1:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, November 16, 2022, Noon-1:00 p.m.