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    GBA Workshop, Part 2: Understanding Allyship and Responding to Microaggressions through Bystander Intervention

    Experiences of bias, harassment and microaggressions is an expanding area of focus for faculty, administrators and leaders in the health professions as awareness of the enormous prevalence of these experiences has increased. Research on microaggressions and bias has shown to have significant negative impacts on individual confidence, physical health, and overall wellbeing. Therefore, more education and training on responding to microaggressions through bystander intervention is sorely needed in academic medicine.

    Part 2: Explored bystander intervention methodologies, barriers, and implicit biases to overcome as a bystander, as well as strategies to respond to microaggressions. Participants learned organizational strategies for implementing and maintaining bystander intervention and allyship programs (within departments, centers, and Institutes) and at the institutional level. Participants gathered bystander intervention skills and generated ideas for how to institutionalize allyship behaviors for maximum impact.


    Diana Lautenberger, MA
    Director, Faculty and Staff Studies and Services
    Women in Medicine & Science
    Association of American Medical Colleges