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Advancing Diversity and Inclusion at Stanford

President Marc Tessier-Lavigne and Provost Persis Drell launched the university-wide Presidential Initiative IDEAL--Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access in a Learning Environment--in May of 2018. Under IDEAL, design teams from across the university have developed plans related to faculty, staff, and student engagement, education and recruitment. Visit the IDEAL website for the latest news and information. Below, you will find stories about the IDEAL Initiative as well as information on many other initiatives undertaken at Stanford to advance diversity and inclusion in their many dimensions.

Diverse group of students, faculty and staff standing outdoors
Image credit: LA Cicero

Brave Spaces engages Stanford staff in discussion

Following the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis on May 25 and the ensuing protests, Provost Persis Drell sent a message to Stanford staff about some of the steps the university is taking to respond to anti-Black racism and “transform our grief into building a community that is respectful and inclusive.” One of those steps was a pilot program – Brave Spaces – a series of virtual forums to provide staff with a place to openly discuss anti-Black racism, inequality and injustice.

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