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September 27, 2022

Happy Hispanic Heritage Month!

Hispanic Heritage Month celebrates the histories, cultures, and achievements of people whose ancestors come from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America.

The celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month runs from September 15th to October 15th. The month includes many notable dates. September 15th is the independence day for Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. Hispanic Heritage Month encompasses Mexico’s and Chile’s independence days as well, on September 16 and September 18, respectively.

We have several Department of Medicine events organized in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month:


●      On September 21st, Monica Vela, MD, FACP, Professor of Medicine in the Departments of Medicine and of Medical Education and Director of the Hispanic Center of Excellence at University of Illinois College of Medicine, gave a powerful talk about structural violence against Hispanics in the United States, including the ongoing trauma of deportation and inequitable outcomes for patients with limited English proficiency. You can watch her talk here.

●      On September 28th, Elena Rios, MD, MSPH, MACP, President and CEO of the National Hispanic Medical Association (NHMA), will speak about future directions for Latino health, which you can attend via Zoom or in person in Li Ka Shing Center Room 120.

●      On October 11th, Ensemble Folclórico Colibrí will give a live performance in Grant Courtyard in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month and National Coming Out Day. Ensemble Folclórico Colibrí promotes the pride of identifying as an LGBTQ+ Latinx through the art of Mexican Folklórico dance.

Please join us in celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month!

Wendy Caceres and Tamara Dunn

Associate Chairs – Diversity and Inclusion


Resources for Combating Racism

We’ve compiled a list of resources from Stanford LEAD, Stanford Medicine's Diversity Cabinet. the Office of Faculty Development and Diversity and other groups to help you learn, grow, find support, get involved, and make an impact. 


Funding Opportunities

Chair Diversity Investigator Awards

The Chair Diversity Investigator Awards program supports research that addresses health inequity, social determinants of health, cultural competence, outcomes improvement, health system access/utilization for racial, ethnic, and sexual and gender minorities, among many other possibilities. The awards are open to Instructors and Assistant Professors (all lines), whose primary appointment is in the Department of Medicine. 

Dr. Fernando Mendoza HERO (Health Equity Research and Opportunity) Award 

Granted annually to a Stanford medical student who embodies the passion and commitment to advance health equity through research and community engagement. 

Dr. Miquell Miller Award for Promoting Diversity and Inclusion

Granted annually to a GME trainee (resident or fellow) who embodies the passion and commitment to expand diversity and inclusion efforts at Stanford. 

DEI Library

Stanford Martin Luther King Jr Research and Education Institute


Annals of Internal Medicine: Life After May 25


"Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning

In her new book of essays, poet and author Cathy Park Hong blends memoir, cultural criticism, and history to expose fresh truths about racialized consciousness in America.


Race at Work

Race at Work is a Harvard Business Review podcast that explores the role race plays in our work and lives. 


New England Journal of Medicine: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion That Matter


Still Processing Podcast

Still Processing is a New York Times culture podcast hosted by Jenna Wortham, who works for the New York Times Magazine, and Wesley Morris, the paper's critic at large. 


The Black Experience at Work in Charts

A new McKinsey report takes a research-driven look at Black Americans’ experience in the U.S. workplace. 

Lactation Resources

Resources for employees who  are pumping or expressing breast milk while on campus or at work.