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 Earth students and also assist you in creating a more inclusive Stanford Earth community.

Graduate Admissions

  • DEI Grant Proposals Assistance
    Our office can provide letters of support and information about Stanford Earth 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 Earth 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:
  • Stanford Vice Provost for Faculty Development Office, led by Vice Provost Karen Cook, supports the faculty through a variety of programs, such as orientation, talks, workshops, and events for new and junior faculty, department chairs and deans, and initiatives supporting faculty diversity.
  • NADOHE National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education aims to lead universities toward "inclusive excellence" by providing resources for Higher Ed. educators and staff. See NADOHE's strategy for faculty development: "Evidence-Based Strategies for Recruiting a Diverse Faculty" (ppt).

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

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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