Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

SUGC Program Vision

Our vision is to build a genetic counseling community that embraces, empowers, includes, respects, educates, and supports patients, colleagues, students, and partners from all walks of life.

We are looking for applicants who want to partner with us to do our part in dismantling systemic and structural racism in the field of GC.


The Stanford Genetic Counseling Diversity Equity Inclusion Action and Outreach Committee (DEI AOC) is a grassroots effort created by a team of Stanford genetic counselors and genetic counseling students in March 2020. We have just launched our website, which details some of the projects that we’ve been working on. Please feel free to browse the site to learn more about our program’s efforts on DEI initiatives -- https://sites.google.com/stanford.edu/sgc-dei-aoc/


In honor of Giving Tuesday 2021, we are thrilled to announce the Stanford Genetic Counseling Diversity, Equity and Inclusion fund! Donations will be used to provide DEI-related support to prospective students, current students, and DEI AOC initiatives.

To donate to the SUGC DEI Fund, go to give.stanford.edu, choose "Stanford Medicine" then "Other Stanford Designation". Write in the designation "Stanford Genetic Counseling Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion fund in the Department of Genetics"

Non-Discrimination Policy

Stanford University admits qualified students of any race, color, national or ethnic origin, sex, age, disability, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, or marital status to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the University. Consistent with its obligations under the law, in the administration of the University's programs and activities, Stanford prohibits unlawful discrimination on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, sex, age, disability, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran status, marital status or any other characteristic protected by applicable law; Stanford also prohibits unlawful harassment including sexual harassment and sexual violence.  This policy applies to Stanford programs and activities both on and off-campus, including overseas programs.

The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding this nondiscrimination policy: Stanford’s Director of the Diversity and Access Office, Rosa Gonzalez, Kingscote Gardens, 419 Lagunita Drive, Suite 130, Stanford, CA 94305-8550; (650) 723-0755 (voice), (650) 723-1791 (fax), equal.opportunity@stanford.edu (email). Stanford’s Title IX Coordinator, Catherine Glaze, has been designated to handle inquiries regarding sexual harassment and sexual violence: Kingscote Gardens (2nd floor), 419 Lagunita Drive, Stanford, CA 94305, (650) 497-4955 (voice), (650) 497-9257 (fax), titleix@stanford.edu (email).  Individuals may also file complaints directly with the Office for Civil Rights, within the United States Department of Education, by following the information on this website:  https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/complaintintro.html.

(from the 2018-19 Stanford Bulletin)

Stanford stands against anti-Asian racism

Read President Marc Tessier-Lavigne's statement in support of Stanford's AAPI community: https://news.stanford.edu/today/2021/03/18/statement-support-stanfords-asian-asian-american-pacific-islander-community/

Stanford Student Affairs resource & support page: https://studentaffairs.stanford.edu/aapi-harassment

Here is a centralized listing of anti-Asian violence resources: https://anti-asianviolenceresources.carrd.co/


Stanford GC Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Action and Outreach Committee Anti-Racism Statement

We, the Stanford University Genetic Counseling (SUGC) community, acknowledge and recognize the long-standing systems of oppression in our society.  We have taken the national spotlight on racial injustice as a call to action to evaluate how racist assumptions, practices, and policies are propagated and reinforced through our community. We are dedicated to dismantling systems and practices that do not serve equity and justice.

Our Actions
Diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) contribute to society at every level, including the genetic counseling field. We recognize DEI issues impact our SUGC community and the patients we serve. In response, in February 2020 the SUGC Action and Outreach Committee was formed, with membership composed of students, faculty, and program leadership. In April 2020, the decision was made to no longer require prerequisite courses or the GRE in order to pursue admissions equity.

Our Commitment
Continuing with our previous efforts, we strive to make an impactful and sustained change to embrace diversity of all kinds within the greater genetic counseling community.  In this time, we aim to actively build a brave space for honest, vulnerable conversations, reflect upon our own short-comings and biases, and advance our understanding of past and present racism. We acknowledge our efforts may be imperfect, but we are committed to life-long learning as individuals and a community to work towards social justice and equity in healthcare. If you are interested in learning more about our evolving initiatives, please contact geneticcounseling@stanford.edu.

You exist. You matter. You have value.

We understand the magnitude of anti-racism content currently circulating can feel overwhelming to some. Therefore, we wanted to provide a short list of high quality resources:


Additional Stanford statements of support are linked below.

Stanford University's commitment to gender identity and expression

Stanford is committed to providing living, working and learning environments where all of us can flourish. Stanford’s Nondiscrimination Policy includes protection for gender, gender identity and gender expression. Read more: https://quadblog.stanford.edu/2018/10/24/our-commitment-to-gender-identity-and-expression/  

Stanford stands in support of DACA recipients

Statement of Stanford University following Supreme Court decision upholding travel ban

Since the implementation of the original travel ban, Stanford has been very clear about its commitment to welcoming students and scholars from all over the world. That commitment remains firmly in place today. Read more: https://immigration.stanford.edu/2018/06/26/statement-of-stanford-university-following-supreme-court-decision-upholding-travel-ban/

Stanford University statement on federal administration’s plans for DACA

We join the senior leadership of Stanford University in vigorously and adamantly opposing the decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The full text of Stanford’s statement may be found here: http://undocumented.stanford.edu/2017/09/05/stanford-statement-daca/.

Stanford statement on campus climate and immigration

On November 15, 2016, The Stanford University School of Medicine’s Faculty Senate endorsed the resolution approved by the university Senate of the Academic Council, http://news.stanford.edu/2016/11/19/stanford-statement-campus-climate-immigration/

In addition, the Stanford University School of Medicine’s Faculty Senate further affirms that as an institution "We are committed to an educational environment that is inclusive, diverse, and treats each member of our community with respect and dignity.  ...  As members of the healing arts, we have a special commitment to society and to the health of the public. We are committed to providing medical care to patients consistent with the Stanford Affirmation, ... and  we are committed to promoting well-being and support for all members of our student body and medical community."