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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

Presidential IDEAL Initiative to advance diversity and inclusion

The Presidential Initiative IDEAL--Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access in a Learning Environment--is about the future of Stanford. IDEAL’s objective is to move the institution culturally to the future. The success of our teaching and research missions depend on doing this well. And if we can create positive change in these areas, then we will make Stanford better for everyone.

Affordability Task Force digging into needs of various communities

That’s one of the key learnings so far by the Affordability Task Force (ATF), a group formed as part of the university’s long-range planning effort, and which is now midway through its process. The ATF is working to develop a set of sustainable, widespread and data-informed recommendations to address near- and long-term affordability issues associated with housing, child care, transportation and benefits.

Advancing diversity and inclusion at Stanford

One of our most important university-wide goals is to promote diversity and inclusion. We want to ensure that diversity of thought, experience and approach is represented in all aspects of our education and research mission and that a diversity of cultures, races and ethnicities, genders, beliefs, abilities and identities is thriving on our campus.

Today we are taking steps to demonstrate our commitment to this goal: the publication of the Provost’s Statement on Diversity and Inclusion and the launch of the IDEAL dashboard.


A window into the work of the IDEAL design team

The IDEAL (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access in a Learning Environment) design team, which is one of three presidential initiatives in the area of mission and values, is featured in the first of five videos reporting on the progress of the long-range vision design teams. This set of initiatives is designed to help advance our mission and put our values into action on our campus, in our local community, and in the world.

Stanford unveils new Presidential Residencies on the Future of the Arts and welcomes international guest artists

The 80-plus guest artists visiting campus this fall are hosted by over 20 Stanford departments, centers and programs. Some of the artists will be at Stanford for a single public event and others will stay for an extended visit for deep engagement with students and faculty.


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