SOM Allies Program

The UW Medicine Allies program serves graduate students and postdoctoral scholars across the School of Medicine. Allies are faculty and staff who provide trainees with support during conflict with mentors and lab mates, assistance in navigating institutional barriers to success, and connection with institutional and community services. Allies stand in solidarity with trainees, so they don’t have to face challenges alone.

Allies are available for one on one meetings by Request or during Drop-in hours.

SOM Allies Drop-In Hours Calendar

May 26: Malia Fullerton

June 2: Yasemin Sancak

What you can expect from an Ally

Allies are trained to provide individualized support and seek to empower trainees in making their own choices. Allies are NOT part of any grievance or disciplinary process. Graduate students and postdoctoral scholars in the School of Medicine may seek support from Allies in any department/program. The faculty and staff who act as Allies rely on each other for expertise in navigating the institutional landscape; a team of Allies may work with a trainee to identify optimal solutions to challenges they face. Our goal is to respond to all requests for Ally support within 24 hours. Please be patient during the COVID-19 pandemic, however, as responses may take longer than usual.

UW Medicine Bias Incident Reporting Tool

We are a community where support and respect are expected at all levels. We also realize there are times when individuals in our system engage in bullying, ableism, demonstrate negative biases, and express racist, sexist, xenophobic, homophobic, transphobic, or other bigoted beliefs. These events adversely impact the learning, teaching, working, and healing experiences of others.

We have created the UW Medicine Bias Incident Reporting Tool to collect and respond to these types of concerns. Any member of our community can report incidents of racism, sexual harassment, bullying, or any other behavior that does not reflect the support and respect expected in our community. Behaviors reported can range from a one-time micro-aggression to more severe and sustained conduct. An FAQ site is available to provide more information on this resource.

Members of our community are able to report anonymously with this tool. We believe we can more fully respond to concerns if individuals include their name and contact information as it will allow us to follow up. When a report is submitted, a member of our Bias Response Team will reach out to the individual using the tool within three business days to schedule a conversation, gather more information about the incident and discuss the next steps.

Steps to Request an Ally

Request

If there are Allies you believe would be most helpful for your issue or with whom you feel particularly comfortable, please include their names.

For appointments use the contact request form or meet with an Ally without an appointment during drop-in hours.

Drop-In Hours

The Allies provide time each week when trainees can connect with an Ally for a private, one-on-one discussion. No appointment is needed.

Drop-in Hours are currently hosted via Zoom sessions offered twice weekly:

For the privacy of all trainees, the Ally will admit one trainee into the Drop-in Hour meeting for a one-on-one discussion. Trainees in the waiting room queue will be admitted when the Ally is not with another trainee.

Intake

The Allies Director or Member of the Allies Advisory Group will contact you and discuss your support needs.

Consultation

The Allies Advisory Group will match you will an Ally or team of Allies. You will be provided names of potential Allies for your review.

Support

An Ally or team of Allies will work with you to provide mentorship and support.

Questions

Questions on the Allies program should be directed to  (Allies4SOM@uw.edu)  

Additional Support Resources

Husky Health & Well-Being (Students Only)

UW Seattle offers a wide range of health and wellness services, from exceptional medical care and counseling services to recreation classes, safety resources, peer health advocacy trainings, and more. 

https://wellbeing.uw.edu/

Safe Campus

SafeCampus is the University of Washington’s violence-prevention and response program. We support students, staff, faculty, and community members in preventing violence.

https://www.washington.edu/safecampus/

Title IX Office

Title IX, Title VII, the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), Washington State law, and University of Washington policy collectively prohibit discrimination based on sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender expression, pregnant or parenting status, and LGBTQ+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer) identity.

https://www.washington.edu/titleix/

The University Complaint Investigation and Resolution Office (UCIRO)

The University Complaint Investigation and Resolution Office (UCIRO) investigates complaints that a University employee has violated the University’s non-discrimination and/or non-retaliation policies.

https://www.washington.edu/compliance/uciro/

UWPD Victim Advocate

UWPD has a full-time Victim Advocate available to support victims, their families, and witnesses through the process of physical, emotional, and financial recovery. Our Advocate is available to help with a variety of safety concerns, including dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking.

It is not necessary to make a police report in order to meet with the UWPD Victim Advocate. You can meet to discuss resources, options, and to develop a plan.

http://police.uw.edu/aboutus/divisions/operations/criminalinvestigations/victimadvocacy/

Office of the Ombud

Welcome to the Office of the Ombud. We serve the entire University of Washington community by providing a collaborative and confidential environment to discuss your situation, consider options, and develop a plan for the future.

https://www.washington.edu/ombud/

Harborview Center for Sexual Assault & Traumatic Stress

Our mission is to prevent and treat the harmful effects of traumatic experiences on survivorsfamilies, and communities. We strive to provide high-quality, effective, and culturally respectful care that is coordinated and multi-disciplinary. 

https://depts.washington.edu/hcsats/

Legal Voice

Legal Voice pursues justice for all women and LGBTQ people in the Northwest, through groundbreaking litigation, legislative advocacy, and legal rights education.

https://www.legalvoice.org/ External Link

New Beginnings

We are the only full-service agency in Seattle whose primary mission is to serve domestic violence survivors.  With over 40 years of established history, New Beginnings has become a leading force in the movement to end domestic violence and has grown to include a full range of services for survivors. 

https://www.newbegin.org External Link

King County Sexual Assault Resource Center

King County Sexual Assault Resource Center (KCSARC) is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit providing direct services to people of all ages, genders, races, and cultural backgrounds in King County, WA, while working toward the ultimate goal of eliminating sexual violence and abuse from our communities.

https://www.kcsarc.org/ External Link