Commitment to Diversity


"Innovators from different backgrounds bring unique and important perspectives to understanding and addressing healthcare needs – and that is at the core of the Biodesign innovation process."
-Paul Yock, Director, Stanford Biodesign

Diversity Mission Statement

Stanford Biodesign is committed to providing an inclusive and respectful work environment. Our training approach depends on bringing together individuals with different academic and professional experiences who share a passion for health technology innovation. We believe that diversity across multiple dimensions, including gender, age, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic backgrounds, provides a breadth of perspectives that inspires creativity and helps us innovate for different patient populations. We rely on all of our fellows, students, staff, and faculty to contribute to the diversity and inclusiveness of our workplace and to honor these essential aspects of our culture.

Ongoing Efforts

Our ongoing efforts to strengthen diversity at Stanford Biodesign include:

  • Promoting our programs to diverse populations and recruiting students, fellows, staff, and faculty with varied backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives.
  • Regularly communicating to students, fellows, staff, and faculty why we value a diverse workplace and how they can help foster an inclusive environment.
  • Establishing and upholding policies that support an inclusive and respectful work environment, as well as clear processes for identifying and resolving workplace issues in a timely manner.
  • Engaging a “task force” of alumni fellows, staff, and faculty to monitor progress against our diversity and culture goals and help us advance in these important areas.
  • Connecting with relevant organizations at Stanford University and across Silicon Valley to better understand the state of diversity in the health technology industry and collaborate on ways to improve equity and inclusion in the field.

These actions are the responsibility of the entire Stanford Biodesign leadership team, with help from our Diversity Council. The council, which is made up of alumni from our Innovation Fellowship, has been charged with helping us optimize and expand our diversity and inclusion practices across our programs. It is led by Carolyn Heller, our Director of Operations and Finance.

If you have questions about the Annual Diversity Challenge, please contact Stacey McCutcheon. If you have questions about Stanford Biodesign’s position on diversity or our work environment, please contact Carolyn Heller. We also welcome your suggestions.