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Stanford's Commitment to Diversity

Presidential Initiative to Advance Diversity, Inclusion, Equity and Access

The Presidential IDEAL (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access in a Learning community) Initiative is about the future of Stanford. IDEAL’s objective is to move the institution culturally to the future. The charge of the IDEAL Initiative is to create positive change in these factors in the Stanford campus community. The success of our teaching and research missions depend on doing this well. And if we can create positive change in these areas, then we will make Stanford better for everyone.

University-Wide Actions in 2019

Stanford Provost Persis Drell serves as the IDEAL project manager and has designated leaders and design teams throughout the university to champion substantial progress on three key goals:

  1. Ensure diversity of thought, background and approach at Stanford. Leaders are improving the strategies used for recruiting a diversity of faculty, students, postdocs, and staff to join our community.

  2. Support all members of the community independent of cultural background, ethnicity, gender identity, or political affiliation. Leaders are improving practices that foster inclusion and belonging in all environments in which the Stanford community participates.

  3. Have benefits and opportunities of the Stanford education equitably available. Leaders are improving the visibility and support structures for broad access.

Provost’s Statement on Diversity and Inclusion

As part of IDEAL Initiative launch, the Provost cites three critical reasons for the launching of the initiative:

  1. Diversity is important to our research and educational missions. “Our diversity ensures our strength as an intellectual community. In today’s world, diversity represents the key to excellence and achievement.”
  2. The future is diverse. “We believe that Stanford’s future preeminence requires that we enthusiastically embrace our diverse future now.”
  3. Social justice. “We must continue to evolve and become a better and more inclusive institution in our pursuit of the values we hold dear.”

IDEAL Dashboard

To make real change, we need to make our data visible to everyone. The IDEAL Dashboard is an interactive display that shows the composition of the Stanford community from 2010 to present. The data (2018 snapshot below) will be updated every year at the end of fall quarter.

Screenshot of IDEAL initiative

VPGE Initiatives

The VPGE office was founded on a commitment to diversity and inclusion, and it continues its mission now as part of the IDEAL leadership team. VPGE 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. VPGE funds student-led projects that promote diversity and offers competitive fellowships for students from diverse backgrounds, such as DARE and EDGE.

Group of Stanford community members

Diversity Officers

Your school’s Diversity Officers are also excellent resources for current and prospective students. They provide advice, help getting acclimated to campus, and funding or research opportunities, and usually offer an open door for you to share your ideas and concerns. Learn how Stanford's commitment to diversity begins at recruitment.

Campus Communities and University Resources

Numerous cultural, ethnic, religious, and social student organizations as well as university resources provide student support and opportunities involvement.