Diversity and Inclusion

The Stanford Cardiovascular Institute stands united against racism and social injustice. We are committed to enacting meaningful change. Our goal is to educate ourselves and pursue meaningful practices that support diversity, equity, and inclusion in recruitment, mentorship, and work environments.

— Joseph Wu, MD, PhD, Director of the Cardiovascular Institute


Undergraduate Summer Research Program

CVI is committed to increasing the pipeline of individuals from underrepresented racial, ethnic, and social groups in science. Our Undergraduate Summer Research Program is funded by three mechanisms, two of which are specifically devoted to supporting students from underrepresented backgrounds: a Short-Term Research Education Program to Increase Diversity in Health-Related Research (NHLBI R25) and an AHA SURE (Supporting Undergraduate Research Experiences) pilot program. We strongly encourage individuals from underrepresented or disadvantaged backgrounds to apply to our program to accelerate their training in cardiovascular research.

Postdoc and Resident Training

CVI administers training grants for postdocs and residents. A core mission of these programs is to promote diversity among young scientists pursuing careers in academic research. CVI partners with the Dean’s office of Postdoctoral Affairs and the Senior Associate Dean of Faculty Affairs and Diversity, who provide travel/lodging support for minority candidates to interview for our T32 training program as part of their PRISM initiative, to help us identify and support URM trainees. We also commit to one of the Program Directors calling each minority individual that contacts these programs to encourage them to apply to and visit our program.

Trainee Conference Funding

URM Trainees are eligible for funding through the COE to participate in the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) or the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS). They may also receive travel support from the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs. Although COVID-19 limits our current ability to travel, URM candidates are encouraged to apply for CVI Travel Awards in the future.

Mentorship Program

CVI is in the process of launching a Mentorship Program for trainees. This program will help junior scientists access career development and research advice from senior members of their field. Individuals from underrepresented backgrounds will have prioritized access to our pool of mentors, which itself includes many faculty members from underrepresented communities.

Research and Professional Development

Promoting diversity and inclusivity in the scientific research community is an important component to identifying, developing, supporting, and maintaining novel, innovative research. CVI is committed to supporting efforts for growth and development in research and career development.

Grant Application Support

Below we have highlighted specific funding opportunities for individuals from underrepresented and disadvantaged backgrounds. For more questions on diversity related grants, or for support in applications preparation, please contact CVI's Office of Research Development.

Loan Repayment Program

The NIH Loan Repayment Programs (LRPs) are a set of programs established by Congress and designed to recruit and retain highly qualified health professionals into biomedical or biobehavioral research careers.


Faculty development and diversity are critical to the advancement of the next generation of physicians, researchers, and educators who push forward not only cardiovascular research but also a new definition of standard of care for patients. CVI is committed to recruitment from a diverse applicant pool and supporting new faculty during their transition. Additionally, Stanford's Office of Faculty Development and Diversity provides several programs intended to foster inclusivity and visibility for members of our diverse faculty community.

CVI Outreach Travel Award

In order to increase diversity in cardiovascular medicine and research, we are creating a new Outreach Travel Award. This award, exclusive to candidates from underrepresented groups, will facilitate access to career development and research opportunities at national and international cardiovascular conferences. We will be accepting applications for all our travel awards as soon as COVID-19-related fiscal constraints are lifted.


CVI is committed to creating a culture of diversity and acceptance. We are taking steps to increase representation from minority racial, ethnic, and social groups among our leadership, faculty recruits, and invited speakers. CVI also wants to ensure that everyone has a voice in our community. We are hosting annual anonymous climate surveys to assess ways we can continue to improve our institute's community of inclusion and acceptance.

The CVI is part of the Stanford and School of Medicine community. Together, we strive to build a diverse, supportive community that advances equity and inclusion. Below are some innovative programs that aim to promote diversity.

School of Medicine Affiliated Offices that recognize the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion for graduate students, medical students, residents and fellows, postdoctoral fellows, faculty, and staff

Stanford School of Medicine Diversity Center of Representation and Empowerment (D-CORE)

School of Medicine Diversity Programs for all members of the Stanford community

Department of Medicine Diversity and Inclusion Initiative

Department of Medicine Diversity and Inclusion Resources

Faculty Development Resources

Propel Postdoctoral Scholars Program

CVI 2019 Undergraduate Summer Research Program Students, Mentors and Staff