OFDD Community Support Initiative

To build community and encourage new networks that enact positive change for diversity in academic medicine at Stanford, the Office of Faculty Development and Diversity (OFDD) seeks to help faculty establish communities and networks for inclusion.

Awardees receive funding  to organize networks with an impact on diversity, broadly defined. OFDD will provide these funds for a pilot year with the goal that groups also consider how they may secure other funds for the continuation of the network.

2020 Awardees

Rania Awaad

The Network of Clinicians Serving Muslim Populations aims to bring together clinicians, researchers and educators who work with diverse Muslim populations. In light of the current socio-political climate, particularly the passing and expansion of the Muslim Ban, Muslim patients and clinicians alike experience unique challenges. Our goal is to provide a safe space for all providers who either identify as Muslim or consider themselves Muslim allies and would like to learn how to be more supportive to this population both clinical and non-clinical settings.


Caroline Fisher

Network for Understanding Racial and Gender Health Disparities in the Surgical Subspecialties.

The Department of Ophthalmology would like to engage faculty across Stanford to discuss racial and gender disparities in their respective surgical subspecialty areas or more procedure-driven subspecialties. We hope to educate ourselves as faculty and thereby our trainees in fellowship, residency, and medical school. There are fewer URM in surgical subspecialties than there are in other disciplines of medicine. We believe and hope that if we explore racial and gender disparities in the surgical subspecialties and highlight them to our trainees and future applicants, there may be a greater interest for URM to apply in these fields. 


Kathleen Horst

The department of Radiation Oncology continues to recognize gender disparities and plans to create a program dedicated to facilitating networking events for women faculty and trainees. Our program will consist of bi-annual events aimed to connect women faculty, residents, and trainees professionally and personally, and seeks to foster role model relationships. Radiation Oncology includes 3 geographically separated divisions (Radiation Therapy, Physics, and Radiobiology), with 3 satellites in addition to our main site, and our program will promote camaraderie between all ranks and groups of women, and thus support the variety of issues experienced among women in the Department of Radiation Oncology.


Christina Khan

This group of psychiatry faculty came together as the result of our common areas of work providing care for minority populations and our experiences as professional women of color. We believe it is important to be proactive in providing peer support to address the reality of institutional gender inequities and ensure women of color faculty have the support they need to continue to progress in their careers. The OFDD Community Support Initiative will help this group to meet regularly and invite other faculty to join the peer network. This effort is synergistic with efforts within the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences to address diversity and inclusion and how diversity care is organized. It is also aligned with our individual roles in regional and national organizations focused on minority mental health and minority faculty mental health. 


Carmin Powell

Stanford Medicine Black Faculty Affinity Meetings (BFAM)

The Black Faculty Affinity Meetings (BFAM) was created with the purpose of networking and social engagement of Stanford medicine faculty across all clinical lines and departments. BFAM would serve the critical need for representation and advancement of African-American and Black physicians in academic medicine at Stanford SOM. According to the Journal of the National Medical Association and the Census Bureau, only 13% of the US population identifies as African-American, and roughly 4% are Black physicians. When we look at this data for Stanford SOM Diversity Dashboard, in 2019, we are below the national average, with  ~1.8% African-American physicians in faculty positions, and only 1.5% advancing to the ranks of full professor across all SOM departments. Now, more than ever this type of community building is necessary to create opportunities for career mentoring, research collaboration, and foster collective support to retain our Black faculty. BFAM would meet quarterly to allow for a safe space for Black faculty to engage in timely and purposeful dialogue around critical issues affecting physicians of color and continue to make indelible contributions to the Stanford Medical community and beyond.


José G. Vilches-Moure, DVM, PhD, DACVP 

Rainbow Art & Wine

Do you want to make some art? Do you want to engage in conversation and create lasting bonds with other LGBTQ+ faculty? Do you want to combine all those over a little wine? If your answers are “yes” to all, then … Say. No. More

Rainbow Art and Wine” is an event geared at promoting a sense of community and sparking ties amongst LGBTQ+ faculty at Stanford Medicine. 

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Please sign up here to express interest in any of the 2020-2021 Office of Faculty Development and Diversity Community Support Programs. Please note that at this time, these networks are for Stanford Medicine affiliates only.