Justice, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion


The Epidemiology & Population Health Department's Justice, Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion (JEDI) Committee was launched in September 2020, with the central goal of advancing JEDI activities, programs and research at the local (department and University) and global levels. Our efforts fall into five core categories of action.

1. Leading department efforts to advance JEDI

The Department of Epidemiology and Population Health recognizes justice, equity, diversity and inclusion as core institutional values that drive innovation in instruction and research. The JEDI committee not only encourages faculty, students and staff to consider justice, equity, diversity and inclusion in day-to-day work but offers events, resources and activities to encourage deeper understanding of and commitment to JEDI. JEDI leaders facilitate a biennial climate survey to track the department’s JEDI effort.

2. Building community in our department as a foundation for JEDI efforts

The JEDI committee organizes a wide array of events each year designed to build community and inclusion within the department. In the past, the JEDI committee has hosted speaker series, peer mentoring programs, capacity-building events, monthly meetings and social events, to name a few.

3. Ensuring JEDI in admissions, curriculum, and teaching

The JEDI committee is committed to enhancing equity and diversity in course offerings and graduate admissions and works with the Education committee on these topics. JEDI leaders work with faculty to audit courses according to JEDI goals and values.

4. Catalyzing research efforts around health equity

Health equity is the ability for everyone to have a fair and just opportunity to attain their highest health potential. Achieving this requires ongoing efforts to address historical and contemporary injustices, overcome economic, social, and other obstacles to health and health care and eliminate preventable health disparities. JEDI supports efforts to address research around health equity and understanding the social determinants of health. Ongoing research projects by faculty, postdocs and students centered on health equity in domains such as community-based participatory research, places and communities, structural factors, social policies, sexual assault prevention, disparities research, LGBTQ and minority health, and others.

5. Members taking an active role in advancing JEDI efforts in our field, university, and school

We maintain Stanford Medicine’s commitment that diversity is a core value. JEDI members are also involved with the Stanford Medicine Commission on Justice and Equity, the Medicine Health Equity Committee, the School of Medicine Diversity Liaisons, and Community Engagement Working Groups. JEDI members are committed to supporting efforts to enhance diversity our field including through the AHEaD program hosted by the Department.

Word Cloud from E&PH JEDI Town Hall on "Centering Justice and Equity as we Return to Campus" (October 2021)