As we embark on our fourth year of Inclusion-focused programming, we are thrilled to announce that Inclusion 2024 is focused on the theme of allyship. We are excited to explore together what allyship means to each of us and shed light on the big and small ways people have shown up for others and how others can show up for us. 

What is Allyship

Guided by an understanding of allyship as a verb, not a noun; as an action, not an identity, we will spend 2024 cultivating shared spaces for the exploration of our diverse and multifaceted experiences with allyship. 

As in the Association of American Medical College’s Group on Women in Medicine and Science (GWIMS) report quoting Forbes, we define allyship as “a lifelong process of building relationships based on trust, consistency, and accountability with marginalized individuals and/or groups of people.” Through allyship we develop strategies that support everyone as we create more respectful and inclusive workplace environments.

We invite everyone in the Department of Medicine community to review and carefully consider the conceptual framework for allyship outlined by GWIMS below. We hope it will provide us all with a solid foundation for our joint learning journey with Inclusion programming, and a helpful reference point we can return to, again and again.

If you would like to learn more about allyship, including what it means, its history, and what has been written on the subject, check out the AAMC’s full GWIMS Toolkit, “A Guide to Allyship.” 

Announcing Our Community Allyship Video Spotlight Series

In addition to asking our Inclusion Rounds presenters this year to engage with our annual theme, we are looking forward to Inclusion 2024’s new Community Allyship Video Spotlight Series, which will feature (faculty/staff/trainee) community members each month talking about what allyship means and looks like to them and sharing their most cherished memories of when people showed up for them, in big and small ways. 

If you would like to nominate someone with a great perspective on allyship or a unique allyship story to tell, please contact the central communications team at

We hope you will participate in this new series–the more voices represented, the better!

We would also like to recognize and re-iterate Stanford's land acknowledgment.

Stanford sits on the ancestral land of the Muwekma Ohlone Tribe. This land was and continues to be of great importance to the Ohlone people. Consistent with our values of community and inclusion, we have a responsibility to acknowledge, honor, and make visible the University’s relationship to Native peoples. 

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