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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.

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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.

Stanford’s new East Asian Studies major adds Korean track

Stanford’s Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures has transformed its major to be more inclusive of Korea, a country that is increasingly on the minds of American youth.

Koreanist Dafna Zur arrived at Stanford in July of 2012 – the same summer that the Korean pop music video “Gangnam Style” went viral on YouTube. While Zur conceded that the “Gangnam Style” cultural phenomenon sparked huge interest in her classes that fall, she said her students quickly became eager­ to dig deeper into Korean Studies.

New Stanford lab will create technologies that help alleviate poverty in America

Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality launches a new initiative to develop technology-based solutions to rising inequality in the U.S.

The invention of the internet and other technologies is arguably a double-edged sword. Although new technologies have solved many problems, they also have the potential to eliminate jobs and increase inequality in the United States.

The Provost and the Diversity Cabinet announce the establishment of Stanford’s new Diversity and Inclusion Innovation Fund

The purpose of the fund is to support innovative initiatives that advance the diversity of Stanford’s community and foster inclusion. Faculty, students and staff are all invited to apply for projects ranging from small grants of $1,500 or more to larger grants for up to $20,000. The funds must be expended during the period of the grant - up to 24 months from award date. Project, program or research proposals should specify the aims of the enterprise, the method(s) of achieving those aims, and the anticipated outcomes.

New senior role to lead equity and access initiatives at Stanford

The new role of senior associate vice provost for institutional equity and access will be filled by Lauren Schoenthaler.

Following a national search, the role of senior associate vice provost for institutional equity and access will be filled by Lauren Schoenthaler, a member of the Stanford community since 2001. She will be responsible for oversight, implementation and coordination of programs and offices that ensure equity and access across the Stanford community, including Title IX and sexual violence prevention programs.

Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality to lead program to measure success of social programs

A White House-sponsored $1.5 million grant was awarded to the Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality and Third Sector Capital Partners.

The White House announced last week a grant to the Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality and Third Sector Capital Partners to help build a framework for measuring and evaluating the success of social service programs designed to reduce poverty and inequality.

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