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.
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Notes from Leadership
August 3, 2020
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 Caceres, Tamara 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.
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
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.
Antiracism in Biomedical Research and Medicine
Date: September 30
The Departments of Genetics, Developmental Biology, and Biosciences will be hosting Dr. Ibram X. Kendi for a virtual In-Conversation with Dean Ayodele Thomas about Antiracism in Biomedical Research and Medicine. 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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
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.
Resources and Ways to Get Involved
A list of training, funding, and career opportunities.
Stanford Medicine 2020-21 Social Justice & Health Equity Theme Lead
Deadline: August 16, 2020
This newly funded 25% FTE position, with the potential for additional effort during the start-up year, will be tasked with a comprehensive curriculum review to identify strengths and gaps in addressing anti-racist education, health equity and other social justice issues for both our clerkship and pre-clerkship curriculums. Following the review, the lead will then implement this important reform to the existing curriculum by working with course directors to create new and revise the existing educational materials. Our expectation is that anti-racist education will be a thread included within the Stanford Medical School Curriculum. Questions can be sent to Reena Thomas at email@example.com. Learn more
Resident/Fellow/Faculty Mock Interviewers
Deadline: September 2020
The Student National Medical Association, Latino Medical Student Association, and the Tour for Diversity in Medicine are looking for resident/fellow/faculty mock interviewers and panelists to help fourth-year medical students navigate the virtual application process this year. Events will be held on August 17 and August 23, and all throughout the month of September. This is a great way for us to help URM medical students and to recruit more diverse residents to Stanford. Reach out to Javier Howard at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions. Learn more
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
Self Care During Difficult Times
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Combatting Racial Injustice
We’ve compiled a list of resources for anti racism work