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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

Postdocs and affordability

Throughout the long-range planning process, we have been reminded of the great value that our postdoctoral scholars bring to faculty and to the university. Numerous submissions and white papers also highlighted the fact that postdocs face significant affordability challenges. In particular, the high cost and limited availability of housing and childcare were reported to be significant challenges. Marc Tessier-Lavigne and I will be sharing next steps on the long-range vision for Stanford later this month, addressing a wide range of issues across the university.

Panel to explore space needs for student communities

The allocation of campus space can be a contentious issue, particularly for students who come together around and across a range of identities.The challenges of providing state-of-the-art academic facilities for a world-class university with growth needs, partnered with needs for housing in an extremely high-cost housing market and Santa Clara County’s oversight related to campus growth, present a number of challenges when it comes to how the campus deploys its physical space.

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.


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