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 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

May 5, 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"

We have entered the month of May, more than a year into the COVID pandemic, and almost a year since the murder of George Floyd. Floyd’s murder rocked our nation’s consciousness, illuminating the disproportionate violence towards communities of color and highlighting the insidious ways that this violence affects those communities daily. Since we last wrote, a guilty verdict was reached in the trial of Derek Chauvin. The trial and verdict produced a wide range of emotions. We personally realized how conditioned we had become to our communities being disparaged without accountability, since we were so worried the outcome would be different. In some ways this feeling is still part of the reality, as we witness ongoing attacks on individuals and communities for who they are.


Meanwhile, we continue to battle COVID, and we are actively working to ensure our communities are vaccinated. Many of you have volunteered your time and energy to help the Ravenswood clinic (and others) get our local community vaccinated. In an effort to combat vaccine hesitancy across multiple groups, members of our department have filmed short Public Service Announcements which have just been released and are being disseminated widely. If you are interested in being part of this effort, please contact us.

We hope you were able to attend this month’s faculty meeting where our chair, Bob Harrington, reviewed the department’s efforts in diversity, equity, and inclusion. Inclusion 2021 is well underway, and we would like to introduce to you a new forum we are starting called “Inclusion Rounds.” These will occur periodically throughout the year.

The first session will be held on May 13 at noon and will feature Dr. Jennifer Young from the Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics, who will review the history of anti-Asian sentiment in the U.S. and will outline steps to take to combat anti-Asian hate. The session will be moderated by our colleague Dr. Joy Wu. We’ll hold another Inclusion Rounds in June on anti-Black Racism and the history of Juneteenth.

The larger Medical Grand Rounds series will also continue to bring a focus to inclusion, with Drs. Latha Palaniappan and Bryant Lin kicking off Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month this week and Dr. Mitch Lunn and his colleague Dr. Juno Obedin-Maliver speaking about LGBTQ+ health during the June PRIDE month.

One other notable event will take place this month: The 4th Annual Diversity and Inclusion Forum, which will be held on Friday, May 21 from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. This forum will showcase the workshops of the LEAD scholars, some of whom are trainees from the department.

We’re also including a request for a voluntary survey by our colleagues in Ophthalmology, led by Dr. Caroline Fisher. This survey seeks to understand the use of language and terminology around diversity, equity, and inclusion among medical school faculty. You can participate here.

Thank you as always for your engagement and please join us as we continue to celebrate diversity, inclusion, and equity in all forms.

Wendy Caceres and Tamara Dunn

Associate Chairs – Diversity and Inclusion


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.

Inclusion Rounds

Inclusion Rounds: Empowering Asian Americans In Healthcare

May 13, 2021

12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

The Department of Medicine Diversity and Inclusion Council invites you to the first Inclusion Rounds event. Inclusion Rounds are a forum to engage with colleagues to discuss issues that impact our community. 

Zoom information will be sent out before the event. Register here

Jennifer Young, PhD, postdoctoral research fellow at the Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics

Joy Wu, MD, PhD, associate professor of endocrinology

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.


Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month

API Heritage Month 

Each year, the Stanford Asian American Activitie Center celebrates API Heritage Month with community festivals, government sponsored activities, and educational activities for students. Learn more about the schedule of events



Our Diversity Chair Investigator Award program provides four grants of $50,000 each to young investigators whose research is focused on diversity, equity, inclusion, and the elimination of health care disparities. Applications are now open for 2021. 

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.

Submit an Idea

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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