Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
SUGC Program Vision
Our vision is to build a genetic counseling community that embraces, empowers, includes, respects, educates, and supports patients, colleagues, students, and partners from all walks of life.
We are looking for applicants who want to partner with us to do our part in dismantling systemic and structural racism in the field of GC.
Stanford University admits qualified students of any race, color, national or ethnic origin, sex, age, disability, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, or marital status to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the University. Consistent with its obligations under the law, in the administration of the University's programs and activities, Stanford prohibits unlawful discrimination on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, sex, age, disability, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran status, marital status or any other characteristic protected by applicable law; Stanford also prohibits unlawful harassment including sexual harassment and sexual violence. This policy applies to Stanford programs and activities both on and off-campus, including overseas programs.
The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding this nondiscrimination policy: Stanford’s Director of the Diversity and Access Office, Rosa Gonzalez, Kingscote Gardens, 419 Lagunita Drive, Suite 130, Stanford, CA 94305-8550; (650) 723-0755 (voice), (650) 723-1791 (fax), firstname.lastname@example.org (email). Stanford’s Title IX Coordinator, Catherine Glaze, has been designated to handle inquiries regarding sexual harassment and sexual violence: Kingscote Gardens (2nd floor), 419 Lagunita Drive, Stanford, CA 94305, (650) 497-4955 (voice), (650) 497-9257 (fax), email@example.com (email). Individuals may also file complaints directly with the Office for Civil Rights, within the United States Department of Education, by following the information on this website: https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/complaintintro.html.
(from the 2018-19 Stanford Bulletin)
Stanford GC Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Action and Outreach Committee Anti-Racism Statement
We, the Stanford University Genetic Counseling (SUGC) community, acknowledge and recognize the long-standing systems of oppression in our society. We have taken the national spotlight on racial injustice as a call to action to evaluate how racist assumptions, practices, and policies are propagated and reinforced through our community. We are dedicated to dismantling systems and practices that do not serve equity and justice.
Diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) contribute to society at every level, including the genetic counseling field. We recognize DEI issues impact our SUGC community and the patients we serve. In response, in February 2020 the SUGC Action and Outreach Committee was formed, with membership composed of students, faculty, and program leadership. In April 2020, the decision was made to no longer require prerequisite courses or the GRE in order to pursue admissions equity.
Continuing with our previous efforts, we strive to make an impactful and sustained change to embrace diversity of all kinds within the greater genetic counseling community. In this time, we aim to actively build a brave space for honest, vulnerable conversations, reflect upon our own short-comings and biases, and advance our understanding of past and present racism. We acknowledge our efforts may be imperfect, but we are committed to life-long learning as individuals and a community to work towards social justice and equity in healthcare. If you are interested in learning more about our evolving initiatives, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
You exist. You matter. You have value.
We understand the magnitude of anti-racism content currently circulating can feel overwhelming to some. Therefore, we wanted to provide a short list of high quality resources:
- Podcast: Code Switch by NPR
- Book: Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
- Poem: And Still I Rise by Maya Angelou
- National Society of Genetic Counselor’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Resources
- Stanford School of Medicine Black Lives Matter Resources
- SUGC Diversity, Equity, Inclusion Action & Outreach Charter
Additional Stanford statements of support are linked below.
Stanford University's commitment to gender identity and expression
Stanford is committed to providing living, working and learning environments where all of us can flourish. Stanford’s Nondiscrimination Policy includes protection for gender, gender identity and gender expression. Read more: https://quadblog.stanford.edu/2018/10/24/our-commitment-to-gender-identity-and-expression/
Stanford stands in support of DACA recipients
Statement of Stanford University following Supreme Court decision upholding travel ban
Since the implementation of the original travel ban, Stanford has been very clear about its commitment to welcoming students and scholars from all over the world. That commitment remains firmly in place today. Read more: https://immigration.stanford.edu/2018/06/26/statement-of-stanford-university-following-supreme-court-decision-upholding-travel-ban/
Stanford University statement on federal administration’s plans for DACA
We join the senior leadership of Stanford University in vigorously and adamantly opposing the decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The full text of Stanford’s statement may be found here: http://undocumented.stanford.edu/2017/09/05/stanford-statement-daca/.
Stanford statement on campus climate and immigration
On November 15, 2016, The Stanford University School of Medicine’s Faculty Senate endorsed the resolution approved by the university Senate of the Academic Council, http://news.stanford.edu/2016/11/19/stanford-statement-campus-climate-immigration/.
In addition, the Stanford University School of Medicine’s Faculty Senate further affirms that as an institution "We are committed to an educational environment that is inclusive, diverse, and treats each member of our community with respect and dignity. ... As members of the healing arts, we have a special commitment to society and to the health of the public. We are committed to providing medical care to patients consistent with the Stanford Affirmation, ... and we are committed to promoting well-being and support for all members of our student body and medical community."