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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

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.

Faculty: Opportunities and initiatives

The Faculty Incentive Fund, in existence for more than two decades, helps make it possible for Stanford departments and schools to recruit qualified individuals who would bring diversity, broadly defined, to the faculty. This support can be directed toward scholars from underrepresented communities, women scholars in disciplines in which they are underrepresented, and others who would bring additional dimensions of diversity to the university's research and teaching programs. More than 85 percent of those hired have remained at Stanford.

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