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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

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.

Stanford faculty, students and staff win grants to advance diversity

After completing their summer research projects, five Stanford undergraduates will return to their hometown high schools in Texas, Nevada, California and Jamaica to share their passion for science and engineering with students and teachers.

Their travel will be funded under a new program, the Diversity Inclusion and Innovation Fund, which was established in 2017 to support initiatives that advance the diversity of the Stanford community and foster inclusion.

New Stanford course tackles designing for people with disabilities

A new course teaches undergraduates how to design for people with physical disabilities. Each week, students learn about a different disability, then brainstorm design ideas to address issues and present their work to the class.

Students in a new undergraduate course have this question to ponder: How would it feel to be a bright person with big goals and ideas, but live in a world that’s not designed for you?

Stanford’s Iranian Studies Program highlights Iran’s art, culture via new initiatives

Over the past several years, the Stanford Iranian Studies Program has focused on bringing important Iranian artists to Stanford and building awareness of Iran’s art history and culture through new programs and classes.

Acclaimed Iranian filmmaker and playwright Bahram Beyzaie was censored for decades in his home country and was not able to screen or publish many of his artistic works.

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