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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

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.

 

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