The Diversity Center of Representation and Empowerment, or D-CORE, provides a space where any member of the Stanford Medicine community interested in issues of inclusion and diversity can hold meetings or just hang out and study.

Vision for D-CORE

The Stanford SOM Diversity Center of Representation and Empowerment (D-CORE), established in a visible location on campus to highlight the importance of its existence, will demonstrate that supporting trainees of underrepresented backgrounds is a priority to the SOM. All medical and graduate trainee groups serving the needs of underrepresented minorities will share ownership of the community center, and the space will be open to all trainees in the SOM community. This will be a physical space for community members who want and need to celebrate their identity and serves to connect trainees, build community, and reduce isolation. We envision this space will be an environment that appreciates the multicultural aspects of identity, fosters inclusion, and provides cultural, social, and educational experiences through conversation. We envision this space will be staffed by personnel with a demonstrated commitment to supporting the diverse student population at our institution. In addition, trainees at all levels will have access to this space during business hours.

D-CORE Racial Justice Library

The ADVANCE Summer Institute and Lane Library are pleased to announce a new Racial Justice Library installation to the D-CORE, now available online or via curbside pickup. Enjoy reading, and be on the lookout for an upcoming opportunity to engage with this book collection during Feb 2021! 

This collection of 140 books, 64 of which have been made available online through Stanford Libraries, were purchased from Marcus Books in Oakland. This collection consists of both fiction and nonfiction works by and for Black people, Indigenous people, and people of color (BIPOC). 

You can find a comprehensive list of all the works in this collection with online access links here, and you can schedule a curbside pickup from Lane Library here. Additionally, you can find this list inventoried through the Lane Library website by searching “DCORE”, another route to digital access and curbside pickup. We are happy to take suggestions for additional works desired here


D-CORE office hours

Reach out to individuals via email about alternative office hours given the Bay Area "shelter in place" restrictions. Links for ongoing virtual office hours for some individuals are included below.

D-CORE office hours are open for any topics of conversation. No pressing issue is necessary. Come visit us to talk! Download a flyer to advertise D-CORE office hours.Please note that D-CORE Office Hours may be canceled due to travel schedules and other conflicts. For up-to-date cancellations, check room L002A where office hours take place.

Special Note for School of Medicine students: CAPS Connects with a provider from the Vaden Health Center, by appointment only is on pause.

The School of Medicine Mental Health Team, led by Dr. Moira Kessler, will be holding appointments at the D-CORE by appointment only during the following times. To make an appointment with the team, log into the Vaden Patient Portal:  https://vaden.stanford.edu/make-appointment. These sessions are listed under “School of Medicine drop-in sessions.”

Mondays, 10:30am - 6:30pm
Wednesdays, 2pm - 6:30pm
Fridays, 12pm - 4pm


Karr Hernandez, Student Life Officer, MSPA Program, 2nd and 4th Monday, 12pm - 2pm (on pause)

Miranda Zinsman, Associate Director of Administration, MSPA Program, 3rd Monday, 11:30am - 1:30pm (on pause)


Ears for Peers, every Tuesday, 8am - 9am

Miranda Stratton, Assistant Director for Biosciences Diversity Programs, 1st and 3rd Tuesday, 2pm - 4pm Virtual office hours

Shelly Rasnick, Associate Director for Bioscience Student Life & Wellness, 2nd Tuesday, 2pm - 4pm Virtual office hours


Jennifer R. Cohen, Ph.D., Associate Director for Biosciences Diversity Programs and ADVANCE Director, every 1st and 3rd Wednesday, 9am - 11am Virtual office hours

Margaret Govea, Director of Medical Student Wellness, select Wednesday's (2/12, 2/26, 3/11, 4/8, 4/22, 5/6, 5/20, & 6/3), 1:30pm - 3:30pm (on pause)

Mijiza Sanchez-Guzman, Associate Dean, Office of Medical Student Affairs, on pause


Ayodele Thomas, Associate Dean for Graduate Education & Diversity, 1st Thursday, 9am - 10am

Nadia Kalley, Education and Outreach Specialist in Stanford University's Office of Sexual Assault and Relationship Abuse Education and Response (SARA), 1st and 3rd Thursday, 12pm - 2pm. Download the flyer to advertise the office hours for your office or department. Virtual office hours


Biosciences Wellness Matters, 1st Friday of the month for the 2019-20 academic year, 9:30am - 11am (held in the large D-CORE room)

Diversity center for med school opens in Lane Library

When Tawaun Lucas began his graduate studies in 2014 at the School of Medicine, he said he wished there had been a place where he and other minority students could congregate in times of need for support, a physical space for companionship and comfort.

Dean Lloyd Minor shakes hands with Tawaun Lucas at the Oct. 2 opening of the medical school's Diversity Center of Representation and Empowerment.
Steve Fisch

Event Highlight: 2020 Open House

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Reserve the D-CORE space

The D-CORE space is open for events around diversity, equity, and inclusion from group meetings to celebrations. The D-CORE is located in Lane Library and is open during Lane Library hours. After-hour events are possible with advanced notice. Download a flyer to advertise the D-CORE for events in your department or office. Read more about the functionality of the space in the D-CORE Usage Policy Guide.

D-CORE founders

Tawaun Lucas – Neurosciences PhD Candidate

Shanique Martin – Medical Student

Osama Mohamed El-Gabalawy – Medical Student

Dorothy Tovar – Microbiology and Immunology PhD Candidate

Gabriel Washington – Medical Student