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 office hours

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. These will take place at Vaden until the new School of Medicine Mental Health Team moves to the SoM campus. This team is led by Dr. Moira Kessler and she will be offering 30-minute drop-in sessions. To schedule an appointment, log into the Vaden Patient Portal:  https://vaden.stanford.edu/make-appointment. These sessions are listed under “School of Medicine drop-in sessions”. For general CAPS services, please visit here.



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

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


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

Shaila Kotadia, Director of Culture and Inclusion, 2nd and 4th Tuesday, 10am - 12pm

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


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

Mijiza Sanchez-Guzman, Associate Dean, Office of Medical Student Affairs, every Wednesday, 1pm - 2:30pm

Office of Medical Student Wellness, every Wednesday, 2:30pm - 4:30pm


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.


Biosciences Wellness Matters, 1st Friday of the month for the 2019-20 academic year, 9:30am - 11am

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.
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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