Stanford University

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Faculty & Staff Resources

The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) office provides faculty and staff with different resources offered on campus and through our office to support the advancement of diversity. Diversity includes but is not limited to race, ethnicity, disability, socioeconomic background, culture, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, and life experience. Diversity recruitment involves, but is not limited to, the inclusion of students from underrepresented groups in the sciences, such as African Americans, Hispanic/Latino Americans, Native Americans, Native Pacific Islanders, persons with disabilities, from socioeconomically disadvantaged backgrounds, and women in departments where they continue to be underrepresented. We've compiled a list of programs, funding opportunities, and diversity research that can be used to support your Stanford Doerr School of Sustainability students and also assist you in creating a more inclusive Stanford Doerr School of Sustainability community.

We invite all staff and faculty members in the School to reflect on how your work relates to others by asking yourself “Who are my practices/activities working for?” instead of asking, “Are my practices/activities working/efficient?” This simple question represents an active exercise to look at our own unconscious biases.

Graduate Admissions

  • DEI Grant Proposals Assistance
    Our office can provide letters of support and information about Stanford Doerr School of Sustainability diversity initiatives for grant proposals.
  • DEI Graduate Applications Assistance
    Our office can help evaluate applications from underrepresented candidates and also interview these prospective students during school visits.
  • Facilitates and distributes Dean’s Graduate Scholars Award and the EDGE-STEM nomination process.
  • Works with Associate Chairs for Diversity and Inclusion (ACDIs) and other faculty/staff in improving best practices for graduate admissions and faculty hiring.

Additional Stanford resources


  • Summer Undergraduate Research in Geoscience & Engineering 
    SURGE provides undergraduate scholars from other institutions and Stanford with an eight-week, all-expenses-paid, mentored research experience in a Stanford Doerr School of Sustainability research group or laboratory. Application period begins mid November through late January.

Resources for Diverse Faculty Hiring

While this is not a specific charge of DEI, we recognize how faculty diversity directly impacts student diversity and therefore provide direction for obtaining additional resource information:

NSF Broader Impacts

DEI office provides presentation/ information on limitations of GRE metric, holistic review and ACDI role to faculty and department. Also present data on applications and enrollment. In addition, our staff assists faculty in grant writing for advancing diversity broader initiatives.

Learn more about Broader Impacts

Diverse Speakers

It is clear that limited representation results in limited viewpoints and perspectives. Increasing the representation of diverse voices as guest speakers is fundamental to ensure that voices that historically have been silenced in academia, are recognized and heard. It is also a way in which students from multiple backgrounds and identities, not only related to race/ethnicity, can find role models and feel welcome. This effort needs to rely on meaningful forms of engagement based on trust and clear communication, otherwise, it becomes only a form of tokenization. Finally, rethink who is considered an expert, this can increase the pool of potential speakers for a class or a seminar.
  • CAISE Platform. A search database to find historically marginalized collaborators.
  • Diverse speakers in STEM, Georgia Tech University. A collection of databases and groups.
  • Geoscientists of Color. A list of individuals from historically marginalized backgrounds working in geosciences.
  • Speaker List, Diversify STEM Conferences.  A list of URM researchers across every field of STEM and Medicine.
  • 500 Queer Scientists. An organization providing a website with resources and a directory of non-binary gender scientists.
  • 500 Women in STEMM. An organization providing a global search platform to discover women and gender diverse folks in STEMM.

DEI Training and best practices

New trainings and materials on topics related to diversity, equity, and inclusion are being created through different initiatives at Stanford University with the intention of fostering a more welcoming culture where everyone can thrive.

Staff Resources


Learning and taking action

Work and wellness resources

DEI Library Resources

See a compilation of resources to support the work  creating welcoming spaces for students and peers that help individuals thrive in academic settings.

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