Stanford University has a stated goal of training a diverse group of students, including underrepresented minorities (URM), those with disabilities, and those from disadvantaged backgrounds. Dr. John Etchemendy, Stanford’s 12th Provost, has stated, “Stanford has a responsibility to create and encourage diversity in higher education because of our national prominence and leadership in teaching, research, public service and entrepreneurship. Stanford must reflect the multi-racial, multi-ethnic society and pluralistic democracy that serves as a foundation to the university, otherwise we could not call ourselves a world class university.” Dr. Jim Plummer, the Dean of the School of Engineering, has stated, “The Engineering Diversity Program (EDP) mission is to achieve educational diversity, equity, and excellence for all students by recruiting, retaining, and graduating diverse students, especially women, African American, Mexican American/Latino, American Indian students, as well as others who add diversity to the school.” Finally, Dr. Hannah Valantine, Senior Associate Dean in the School of Medicine, who heads the Office of Diversity and Leadership and who is on the SCIT Advisory Committee, has stated, "The ability to foster diversity is a skill we are actively teaching those who will lead academic medicine into the future." This commitment has yielded results. For example, the School of Medicine has ranked second on the annual top 10 list of best Medical Schools for Hispanic students in rankings compiled by Hispanic Business magazine.
A particular highlight for the SCIT Program is access to Dr. Rania Sanford, who previously led a successful diversity program in the School of Education at Stanford, and who now brings her expertise and goals for success to the School of Medicine. As part of her efforts to expand diversity applicants and trainees in School of Medicine programs, she has worked with program leaders to assist them in their recruitment efforts. Dr. Sanford and her colleagues travel to other universities, conferences and workshops, and are able to provide information about the programs they visited and their goals to increase URM recruitment. All trainees, including URMs, will find significant resources at the following website: http://postdocs.stanford.edu/. There are also a number of groups on campus that serve several specific URM populations, including the Stanford American Indian Organization, the Society of Black Scientists and Engineers, the Stanford Society of Chicano/Latino Engineers and Scientists, and the Society of Women Engineers.