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 

Notes from Leadership

June 18, 2020 Note

Chair Diversity Investigator Award Recipients

"My hope is that these innovative and inclusive approaches to research will contribute to a brighter, more equitable future for all of us"

August 3, 2020

Colleagues -

At this year’s Diversity and Inclusion week, we announced our inaugural Department of Medicine Chair Diversity Investigator Awards – four grants of $50,000 each for research work focused on diversity, equity, inclusion, and elimination of health care disparities.

We received 20 applications from our community which were then reviewed by a committee that included senior faculty investigators, members of our Diversity and Inclusion Council, staff, and leadership. Drs. Wendy CaceresTamara Dunn and Vinicio de Jesus Perez guided the process, using a “research distance traveled” approach.

Today, I’m pleased to announce the winning proposals. These exceptional projects address the needs of some of our most vulnerable populations and regions, ranging from an investigation into increased rates of kidney disease in the agricultural communities of the Central Valley to a community partnership aimed at enhancing access for hypertension screening and treatment among African Americans in Santa Clara County.


Meet our recipients:

Shuchi Anand, MD, MS, assistant professor of medicine (nephrology)

Kidney Disease in California’s Central Valley: Investigating the Disproportionate Risk in Agricultural Communities

Fatima Rodriguez, MD, MPH, assistant professor of medicine (cardiovascular medicine)

Identifying Reasons for Statin Non-adherence in a Real-World, Diverse Population using Natural Language Processing

Kenji Taylor, MD, MSc, instructor of medicine (primary care and population health)

The Cut Hypertension Program – Enhancing Access for Hypertension Screening and Treatment among African Americans in Santa Clara County by Partnering with Community Barbers and Pharmacists

Celina Yong, MD, MBA, MSc, assistant professor of medicine (cardiovascular medicine)

Reducing Disparities in Novel Procedure Use: Using Scalable Technologies to Deliver Individualized Decision-making Support through Culturally Sensitive Peer Coaching

Congratulations to this talented group! All of our awardees will have the opportunity to present their findings at next year’s Diversity and Inclusion Symposium and will join our Diversity and Inclusion Research Network, a group of distinguished researchers making significant contributions to health disparities and health outcomes.

My hope is that these innovative and inclusive approaches to research will contribute to a brighter, more equitable future for all of us.

Stay well and safe.

Bob Harrington


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


LGBTQ+ Groups

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 (July 7, Aug 4, Sep 1, Oct 6, Nov 3, Dec 1) from 10 – 10:50 a.m. Register here


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

Date: Monthly 

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. Learn more about the series here.

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.


-isms Communicator Webinar Series

Date: October 15, 22, and 29

Join the -isms communicator group for a webinar series focused on developing communication skills to promote acceptance, inclusiveness, and respect through conversations about racism, sexism, ageism, and genderism. Facilitated by Mary Foston-English, LMFT, and Amy Friedman, MBA, LMFT, participants are expected to engage in all three session. A brief individual phone interview will take place prior to finalizing group participation. Register for the series.

Stanford Neurodiversity Summit Oct. 17-20

Date: October 17 - 20

The 2020 Stanford Neurodiversity Summit is centered around scaling up the neurodiversity at work initiative. The virtual summit is a unique conference that brings together individuals, employers, service agencies, educators and students, parents, and professionals from all areas of the neurodiversity field. Registration is free and open to everyone. View the full program of eventsRegister for the summit


Black in Cardio Week 

Date: October 19 - 25

The weeklong event celebrates Black excellence in the cardiovascular field and raises awareness on cardiovascular diseases and health disparity in the Black community. Learn more about the event. If you're Black in cardio, submit a profile to be highlighted.




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.

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. 

American Society of Hematology Minority Hematology Graduate Award

Deadline: January 15, 2021  

Benefits include $80,000 to support two years of research, the opportunity to present research findings at ASH meetings & complimentary ASH membership. 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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