Oct 19 - Becoming an Ally

Inclusion, Diversity, Equity & Access


Date: October 19, 2021
Time: 11 am until 12:30 pm

Special Presentation: Become an Ally

Sunny Nakae, MSW, PhD
Sunshine Medical Education Consulting LLC
Pronounced “nuh KAI” (rhymes with eye)

Many trainings about diversity, equity, and inclusion focus on awareness and recognition of different perspectives, identities, and lived experiences. What comes next? How can we put this learning into action and contribute to an inclusive culture at our places of work and learning? Once we have become aware of microaggressions, microinsults, and the various forms of oppression and mistreatment within our institutions and professional spheres, there are skills we can learn and practice to disrupt these harmful norms. When something happens that goes against our values, there is often palpable discomfort, fear, and uncertainty about what to do. We can, as allies, step up to these moments and act in a positive way to safeguard ourselves and our colleagues from further harm.

Learning Objectives

● Discuss allyship and what being an ally means
● Increase awareness of how identity shapes lived experiences
● Recognize the importance of allies in combating and correcting injustice and mistreatment
● Explore the ally framework and lifelong ally skills

● Commit to continued development and implementation/action of ally skills


Speaker Bio: Sunny Nakae, MSW, PhD

Dr. Nakae is the Senior Associate Dean for Equity, Inclusion, Diversity, and Partnership, and Associate Professor of Medical Education at the California University of Science and Medicine.  Prior to joining CUSM she served as Associate Dean for Student Affairs at the University of California, Riverside School of Medicine where she holds an adjunct appointment as Associate Professor of Social Medicine, Population and Public Health. Dr. Nakae’s previous roles have included a broad scope of admissions, recruitment, student life, diversity, education, outreach and pipeline programs at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University, and the University of Utah.  Dr. Nakae completed a BS and MSW at the University of Utah, and a PhD in Higher Education at Loyola University Chicago.  She is the author of Premed Prep: Advice from a Medical School Admissions Dean, from Rutgers University Press.