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Diversity and inclusion at Stanford: Opportunities and initiatives

Diversity and inclusion are essential to Stanford's educational excellence. Research and teaching are enriched by a breadth of perspectives, and a Stanford education must help students prepare to succeed in a society that is increasingly diverse and a world that is increasingly interconnected.

As college and university communities across the country confront issues of race and justice on their campuses and in our broader society, this page offers background information on some of the activities Stanford has undertaken to advance diversity and inclusion in their many dimensions.

Some programs may not be widely known throughout the Stanford community. This page, while not comprehensive, brings information together in one place, in the hope it will help members of our community find resources and opportunities. University efforts in these arenas are ongoing in the hopes of making continued progress.


"Diversity and inclusion are essential to Stanford's strength. A university depends, at its core, on the free and open exchange of ideas in a culture of mutual respect. It also depends upon the participation and inclusion of people of all backgrounds, races, genders, identities, religions, ideologies, and ways of thinking."
–Marc Tessier-Lavigne, President

Stanford Law co-hosts forum on furthering economic opportunities for women

The Hamilton Project at Brookings, LeanIn.Org, and Stanford Law hosted a public forum on October 19 that explored public policies to promote women’s economic opportunity. The event, “Policies to Promote Women’s Economic Opportunity,” brought together scholars, policymakers, and leaders in business and nonprofit enterprises for a day of discussion on how to drive economic growth by expanding women’s participation in the economy.

Stanford faculty, students and staff win grants to advance diversity

After completing their summer research projects, five Stanford undergraduates will return to their hometown high schools in Texas, Nevada, California and Jamaica to share their passion for science and engineering with students and teachers.

Their travel will be funded under a new program, the Diversity Inclusion and Innovation Fund, which was established in 2017 to support initiatives that advance the diversity of the Stanford community and foster inclusion.

The Provost and the Diversity Cabinet announce the establishment of Stanford’s new Diversity and Inclusion Innovation Fund

The purpose of the fund is to support innovative initiatives that advance the diversity of Stanford’s community and foster inclusion. Faculty, students and staff are all invited to apply for projects ranging from small grants of $1,500 or more to larger grants for up to $20,000. The funds must be expended during the period of the grant - up to 24 months from award date. Project, program or research proposals should specify the aims of the enterprise, the method(s) of achieving those aims, and the anticipated outcomes.

Faculty: Opportunities and initiatives

The Faculty Incentive Fund, in existence for more than two decades, helps make it possible for Stanford departments and schools to recruit qualified individuals who would bring diversity, broadly defined, to the faculty. This support can be directed toward scholars from underrepresented communities, women scholars in disciplines in which they are underrepresented, and others who would bring additional dimensions of diversity to the university's research and teaching programs. More than 85 percent of those hired have remained at Stanford.

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