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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

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.

Initiatives for Graduate Student Families at Stanford and Next Steps

I am delighted to announce significant initiatives that Stanford is undertaking to support graduate students who are parents, in order to alleviate stress and to enhance community-building. In April we received a compelling report from the Student Families Working Advisory Group (SFWAG). The committee’s charge was to better understand the unique needs of our graduate students who are parents supporting families and to develop recommendations to address these needs in the near term and longer term.

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.

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