For well over thirty years, equal opportunity and affirmative action in the recruitment of faculty, staff, and students have been integral components of Stanford University's agenda for diversity.
Stanford University has long recognized the importance of a diverse student body to achieve its educational goals and meet its responsibility to help produce leaders equipped to face increasingly complex social and political realities in this country and the world.
John Hennessy, President
A wide range of opinions, perspectives and experiences is essential to educational excellence. Diversity includes, but is not limited to, culture, socioeconomic background, race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disabilities, religion, and life experience. A diverse community of scholars asks unexpected questions and contributes divergent insights, pushing the forefront of knowledge further and faster.
The Office of the Vice Provost for Graduate Education works collaboratively within the university to broaden the participation and promote the academic success of graduate students from a variety of backgrounds, including those underrepresented within research universities. As a result, the Stanford community reaps the educational benefits of diversity, while preparing future generations of leaders for a global society.
Each school’s diversity officer can answer questions about graduate studies in their school.