OFDD Community Support Initiative

To build community and encourage new networks that enact positive change for diversity in academic medicine at Stanford, the Office of Faculty Development and Diversity (OFDD) seeks to help faculty establish communities and networks for inclusion. Awardees will receive funding to organize networks with an impact on diversity, broadly defined. OFDD provides funds for a pilot year with the goal that groups also consider how they may secure other funds for the continuation of the network.

To learn more about a group, please fill out this survey. Please note that at this time, these networks are for Stanford Medicine affiliates only.

Call for applications - Due Date: Thursday, June 13th, 2024 at 5:00PM

2023 Awardees

Nataly Beck and Axel Valle Alerhand

La Clinica Latina’s Celebration of Latino Mental Health

This network hosts a Hispanic Heritage Month event and a lecture in order to increase networking among both Latino and non-Latino faculty. One additional goal is to increase education for treating Latino communities in mental healthcare.

Krishna Kary (they/them)

Gender Spectrum Professional Support Network (GenderSpec)

The Gender Spectrum Professional Support Network (GenderSpec) aims to provide mentorship and community building opportunities for professionals within the School of Medicine (SoM) who identify across the gender spectrum (e.g. transgender, nonbinary, gender nonconforming).

Rusly Harsono

SOS LIFE Project: Stanford Outreach Sites

This is a network that develops programs that focus on promoting healthy lifestyle medicine (LM) practices among Stanford medical school faculty serving communities at outreach or remote sites off-campus. By facilitating meaningful and fruitful connections through practicing LM, we can empower faculty to prioritize their own well-being and serve as role models.

Samantha Wang


This Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) faculty affinity meeting group ensures that AAPI faculty have the space, community, and opportunities to share experiences and build healthy and happy professional careers and relationships in academic medicine.