Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

To create the kind of community that helps us all thrive and prosper, we must create processes that advance equity and inclusion for every aspect of human differences, including but not limited to socioeconomic status, race, ethnicity, language, nationality, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, geography, disability and age. We are committed to reflecting, celebrating and nurturing this diversity. Our goal is to educate ourselves and pursue meaningful practices that support diversity, equity and inclusion in recruitment, mentorship and work environment. When we do so, we improve our collective potential to achieve in ways that benefit members of our Department, the entire Stanford community and everyone we serve.

Diversity and inclusion are core values

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Our Councils

Our Diversity and Inclusion Council meets monthly


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The latest news and updates


We’ve compiled a broad list of diversity resources 

Diversity Corner

February 2, 2021 Note

Diversity Corner: A message from our Associate Chairs for Diversity and Inclusion

"In the spirit of lifelong learning, we will regularly share recommendations on readings and events so you can join us and others in the conversations that will help propel us towards the goals of equity and inclusion"

Happy Black History Month! As we acknowledge that Black history is important to our nation’s narrative on a daily basis, we also want to celebrate during this month (established in 1976) that commemorates the many African-American stories and voices that have enriched our country’s history. Too often these stories and voices have been stifled or silenced by the structural racism that is a direct consequence of slavery. We want to give voice to the Black community that has been marginalized and create an anti-racist community.


Please join us for February Grand Rounds where we will honor Black History Month by welcoming all Black speakers. This month we are thrilled to have Michelle Albert, Quinn Capers, Carla Pugh (along with panelists), and Rhea Boyd presenting. This is the perfect segue to our yearlong commitment to diversity, and only the beginning of our efforts; we are not limiting Black speakers to February alone. As Bob mentioned in his recent message our department’s diversity and inclusion efforts will be showcased year round. So stay tuned!

Part of the journey to anti-racism involves educating ourselves about our real history. The history most of us learned growing up was incomplete, and unfortunately even in medical school there are often glaring omissions. To begin to remedy this, we invite you to educate yourself. Last month we recommended Caste: The Origins of our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson. If you haven’t had a chance to read this important book, put it on your list! And this month, we’d like to share a few more resources:

1619 is a podcast that looks at our country’s history through the context of slavery and reports on the many contributions of Black Americans.

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks is a powerful book that investigates the ethics of race and class in medical research.

The Stanford Center for Racial Justice hosts Tuesday Race Talks, a presentation that explores current issues related to race and racism. View upcoming events here.

Finally, we encourage you to join the Department of Radiology’s four-month Racial Equity Challenge. Participants will be provided with a list of resources on topics like implicit bias and systemic racism and will be challenged to engage with several of these sources each month. They will then share what they’ve learned in a monthly discussion group. You can sign up to join here and you can view the monthly discussion group schedule below. 

    • Friday, March 5, 12-1pm – Groundwork: Defining “Racism;” How to Talk About Race and Racism
    • Friday, April 2, 12-1pm — Race and Power in our Individual Interactions: Microaggressions & Tone Policing
    • Friday, April 30, 12-1pm – Race in Society: Police Brutality, Affirmative Action, & the School-to-Prison Pipeline

Thank you and we hope you have a great February! 

- Wendy Caceres & Tamara Dunn


Councils and Committees

Faculty Committee

The council is an action-oriented group that meets monthly and provides leadership, accountability, and recommendations to create a more inclusive and diverse community. To get involved, contact Wendy Caceres

Staff Committee

The Committee's goal is to foster an environment and culture that is inclusive, welcoming, and supportive of all members of our community. A two-hour commitment per month is expected. To get involved, contact domstaffdei@stanford.edu


Inclusion 2021

For Inclusion 2021, we’ll be hosting a year-long, virtual celebration with engaging monthly programming and events.

Women's History Month Events

International Women's Day: Celebrating Women's Leadership in Global Health

March 8, 2021

4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

RSVP and Zoom details

Based at Stanford’s Center for Innovation in Global Health, WomenLift Health is dedicated to changing health leadership around the world.  WomenLift Founder Dr. Michele Barry and Executive Director Amie Batson are among the speakers.


Women in Data Science (WiDS) Worldwide Conference

March 8, 2021

All day

RSVP and Zoom Details 

Hosted by Stanford Data Science and Stanford ICME on International Women's Day, for 24 hours WiDS Worldwide will cover a wide range of technology and application areas, from health care and agriculture to security and fintech, and from data ethics and democratization to reproducibility and robustness of algorithms. 

The Power of Lift: A Conversation with Melinda Gates

March 9, 2021

10:45 a.m. - 11:25 a.m.

RSVP and Zoom Details

In her book, The Moment of Lift: How Empowering Women Changes the World, philanthropist Melinda Gates shares the stories of women she’s met all around the world and comes to a critical conclusion — “If you want to lift up humanity, empower women.”

Faculty Women's Forum and the Office of Faculty Development, Diversity & Engagement: Faculty Salary Equity and Transparency

March 10, 2021

3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

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Have you ever wondered: How are salaries, other compensation, and related resource allocation beyond compensation set for faculty members at Stanford? How is faculty compensation reviewed for gender and other equity? When and how does compensation increase? This presentation and discussion will consider these and related questions.

School of Medicine-specific follow-up discussion: Faculty Salary Equity & Transparency

4:15 p.m. - 5 p.m.

RSVP and Zoom details

Following the University-wide panel discussion from 3-4, the School of Medicine’s (SoM) Women Faculty Networking community will host a SoM-specific follow-up discussion from 4:15-5. The discussion will be moderated by Dr. Stephanie Harman, Associate Chair for Women in Medicine in the Department of Medicine. Learn more

Stanford Medicine Women's Health Lunch

March 17, 2021

12:00 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.

RSVP and Zoom Details

Join women from around the globe as they come together with Stanford researchers, scientists and physicians to explore health, resilience and well-being in the year ahead.

DEI Events

LGBTQ+ Groups

First Tuesday of each month

10:00 - 10:50 a.m.

The Stanford Help Center has launched a new series: Connecting: LBTQ+ Groups. These are facilitated drop-in LGBTQ+ groups for individuals who need connection, and will be held on the first Tuesday of each month.


Faculty Fireside Chats: Medical Faculty Excellence in an Era of Social Justice Activism


Faculty: OAA and OFDD invite you to a faculty-only monthly talk series oriented to the clinical and medical education spaces. The series discusses topics related to activism, diversity, and inclusion.

Lane Library Antiracism Book club

Lane Library is launching an anti-racist book club that anyone across Stanford Medicine can join. This is a media-based discussion group geared toward Stanford Health affiliates, students, staff, and faculty. The group meets once a month to explore issues relevant to racism in medicine through the written word and videos. The group is open to new members. Learn more.



Stanford Human Resources Virtual Brave Space sessions

Stanford Human Resources is inviting the Stanford community to attend an upcoming virtual Brave Spaces session. The goal of these informal sessions is to share your thoughts and concerns with Stanford leadership, and discuss specific actions Stanford is taking to address anti-Black racism. Register.



Chair Diversity Investigator Awards

As part of the inaugural Department of Medicine Diversity and Inclusion Week 2020, Bob Harrington, MD, Chair of the Department of Medicine, announced the Diversity Investigator Awards.  

The awards committee will select four proposals submitted by instructors and assistant professors for research work focused on diversity, equity, inclusion and/or elimination of health care disparities.

Faculty Lens Advisors

In 2019, we created an innovative program to improve the diversity of our candidate pools, utilizing Faculty LENS Advisors (LENS = Leading to Enhance Excellence in the Navigation of Searches.) These are professors in our department, who have been given both funded protected time (20%) and training, along with staff support, to better identify diverse candidates for our professoriate searches. 

Diversity and Inclusion Week

From January 27 through January 30, the campus community joined the Diversity and Inclusion Council for four days of events aiming to celebrate, support and nurture diversity and inclusion both at Stanford and in the communities we serve.

Highlights included a series of Grand Rounds speakers, social gatherings and mixers, informative poster presentations and breakout sessions for smaller conversation. 

Latest News

“Reach Back, Engage, and Just Do It”: Tips to Enhance Diversity in Medicine

Interventional cardiologist Quinn Capers, MD, is on a mission to change the way we think about diversity in medicine.

At Department of Medicine’s diversity and inclusion week, challenging conventional wisdom

Making inclusion work, particularly at the institutional level, is the challenge, speakers asserted.

Celebrating Women in Medicine

Over the 30 days of Women in Medicine Month, we highlighted the inspiring stories and remarkable accomplishments of 10 faculty, 10 trainees, and 10 staff.

Four Projects Receive Diversity Chair Investigator Awards

Four projects will receive our 2020 Diversity Chair Investigator Awards. 

Update on IDEAL and Racial Justice Initiatives

An update on Stanford's IDEAL and racial justice initiatives.

Tamara Dunn in Focus

Hematologist Tamara Dunn shared more about performing, medicine, and her diversity work in a recent interview.

Wendy Caceres’s Early Focus Is on Education and Service

Just a few years out of her residency, Wendy Caceres is enjoying several roles as clinician, mentor to medical students and residents, and educator. 

Dimitri Augustin Awarded the Redesign Dialysis Phase 1 Prize at the 2019 KidneyX Summit

Postdoctoral Fellow Dimitri Augustin was awarded a first-ever KidneyX Redesign Dialysis Phase 1 Prize.

From the heart: Stanford Cardiology Chief Reflects on his Experience as a Black Physician

Eldrin Lewis opens up about racism and his hopes for future generations of Black physicians and patients.

Stanford Health Care earns perfect score from LGBTQ rights organization

The Human Rights Campaign Foundation, an advocacy organization for gender and sexual minorities, gives high marks to Stanford.

Black Resident Spotlight

In this video, Black residents share their experiences and discuss opportunities for connection and community.

Treating Patients During Ramadan

For Muslims, the holy month of Ramadan (May 6-June 4, 2019) includes as one of its tenets fasting between dawn and sunset. 

Meharry Students Come to Stanford for 3rd Annual Meharry-Stanford Initiative

For the third time in three years, this summer brought special visitors to Stanford: six medical students from Meharry Medical College. 

Eldrin Lewis Appointed Division Chief of Cardiovascular Medicine

Following an extensive national search Eldrin Lewis, MD, MPH has been appointed Professor of Medicine and Division Chief, Cardiovascular Medicine.

A Stanford Medicine Professor Aches over anti-Black Racism

As a Jewish man and a Mexican immigrant, Uri Ladabaum knows what it feels like to be an outsider. 

Stanford Medicine affiliates talk dealing with racism and discrimination from patients

Affiliates of Stanford Medicine are speaking out about how they respond to discrimination and maltreatment from patients and visitors. 

Resources and Ways to Get Involved


A list of training, funding, and career opportunities. 

Stanford Aging and Ethnogeriatrics Research Center 2021 Pilot Program

SAGE is seeking applications from researchers that are new to aging research and propose to conduct a mentored research project using emerging methodologies (such as machine learning, artificial intelligence, and other big data techniques, and precision medicine approaches) to answer key questions in the aging arena. Learn more


We’ve compiled a list of resources and trainings to help you learn, grow, find support, get involved, and make an impact. 

Self Care During Difficult Times

View our webpage that contains information about support and self-care during difficult times

Combatting Racial Injustice

We’ve compiled a list of resources for anti racism work

Black Lives Matter: Faculty conversation with Terrance Mayes

Terrance Mayes, EdD, discussed ways to combat anti-Black racism and other forms of discrimination. View the presentation

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Join a council, submit an idea, partner with us, and learn more about the work we're doing.

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Do you have an idea or suggestion for ways to improve diversity? We want to hear from you! Please submit your improvement idea here

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