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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

Provost announces task force on study of race; senators hear report on school of sustainability at Faculty Senate meeting

At Thursday’s meeting of the Faculty Senate, Provost Persis Drell announced a task force charged with recommending a new framework for the study of race and the impacts of race on society at Stanford. The senate heard a report on a school focused on climate and sustainability, and the announcement of the 2020-21 Bass University Fellows. The senate also approved a proposal urging instructors to support civic engagement on Election Day.

Stanford will rename campus spaces named for David Starr Jordan and relocate statue depicting Louis Agassiz

President Marc Tessier-Lavigne and the Board of Trustees approved a campus committee’s recommendation both to remove Jordan’s name from campus spaces and to take steps to make his multifaceted history better known. Stanford also will relocate a statue of Agassiz.

Faculty Senate revises the Statement on Faculty Discipline, hears reports on research recovery during the pandemic and on ASSU concerns and priorities

The speakers at the Faculty Senate meeting included Provost Persis Drell, Kathryn Ann “Kam” Moler, vice provost and dean of research, and Vianna Vo, president of the Associated Students of Stanford University.

University leaders discuss the ways Stanford is supporting students during the pandemic, and provide updates on racial justice initiatives

President Marc Tessier-Lavigne and Provost Persis Drell were joined by Mona Hicks, senior associate vice provost and dean of students, and Shirley Everett, senior associate vice provost for Residential & Dining Enterprises, to talk about racial justice initiatives and residential life during an online conversation and Q&A with the Stanford community.

Stanford President Tessier-Lavigne appoints co-chairs of Community Board on Public Safety

President Marc Tessier-Lavigne has appointed the co-chairs of the Community Board on Public Safety, which is charged with assessing the needs and concerns of the community related to policing (including community safety and equity of experience among students, faculty and staff), as well as fostering communication and trust between Stanford’s Department of Public Safety and the broader university community.


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