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

Efforts include: 

  • Epi Town Hall on "Justice, Equity, Diversity, Inclusion–A Call to Action," with State of the Department from Melissa Bondy, and remarks from Terrance Mayes, Director of Stanford Medicine Commission on Justice and Equity (November 11, 2020). 
  • JEDI Committee presents "Standing Up for Justice, Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion" hosted by Lauren Schoenthaler, Senior Associate Vice Provost for Institutional Equity and Access on March 1, 2021
  • Stanford Population Health Summer Research program, Advancing Health Equity and Diversity (AHEaD) to launch in Summer 2021.  

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

Efforts include: 

  • Department Community DEI Survey conducted and results presented to EPH community at Autumn EPH Town Hall (September/October 2020).
  • Epi Peer Mentoring program launched with 13 mentor/mentee pairs (October 2020).
  • Social/Community Building Committee launched and hosted first event, Pilates with E&PH Instructor, Dr. Lesley Park (October 2020). 
  • Social/Community Building Committee hosted a series of career panels with EPH alumni (Winter 2021).
  • E&PH staff started holding quarterly meetings focused on reflectingons on JEDI work within the department.


3. Ensuring JEDI in admissions, curriculum, and teaching

Efforts include: 

  • JEDI Chair Michelle Odden presented suggestions from E&PH Town Hall to Education Committee (November 2020). 
  • Ongoing efforts to enhance equity and diversity in course offerings and graduate admissions.

4. Catalyzing research efforts around health equity

Efforts include: 

  • JEDI Committee hosted Epi Research Seminar (September 22, 2020).
  • Ongoing research projects by faculty, postdocs, and students centered on health equity including the following domains: community-based participatory research, places and communities, structural factors, social policies, sexual assault prevention, disparities research, LGBTQ and minority health.
  • Enhanced efforts to incorporate health equity and diversity into faculty and postdoc recruitment efforts.

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

Efforts include: 

  • JEDI Members Michelle Odden and Lisa Goldman Rosas met with Stanford Medicine Commission on Justice and Equity (November 30, 2020).
  • JEDI Member Hoda S. Abdel Magid co-chaired the SER 2020 Symposium on mentoring students and early career scholars from underrepresented groups.
  • Hoda was recently selected to serve as the postdoc representative on the Stanford-wide IDEAL DEI Survey Committee, responding directly to the Provost's Office.
  • JEDI Member Lisa Goldman Rosas currently sits on the Medicine Health Equity Committee and chairs the Community Engagement Working Group. 


Town Hall Highlights

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

Our JEDI Team

Committee members represent a broad spectrum of roles, ranks, experiences, opinions and perspectives.


Michelle Odden

Faculty Committee Chair


Lisa Goldman Rosas

Faculty Member


Sylvie Dobrota

Graduate Student Member

Sweden Smith

Administrative Staff Member

Yutong Liu

Graduate Student Member


Mia Navarro

Graduate Student Member


Kayla Yusim

Administrative Staff Member

Esther Velasquez

PHS Staff Member