Staff JEDI About Us

With our Stanford School of Medicine Human Resources Group Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (SoM HRG JEDI) Framework for Staff, we provide an overview of the long-term goals we seek to achieve. This framework is continually evolving and being updated based on ongoing progress and identified needs from the staff community.  The five pillars of the framework are Diversity & Leadership, HR Policies & Procedures, Learning & Development, Engagement & Culture, and Community Engagement. 

For more information,contact the JEDI team at somhrgjedi@stanford.edu

Karen Vesey, Senior Director of Organizational Effectiveness

Bio coming soon.

Shaila Kotadia, PhD, Director of Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

I provide guidance on building justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (JEDI) into institutional systems and structures. My experience in higher education has focused on the integration of JEDI activities across all constituencies, from students/trainees to staff to faculty, whereas in my current position I focus primarily on staff. In my role, I am charged with implementing institution-wide JEDI strategic plans for staff. I also conduct education and facilitation around JEDI topics, lead ongoing institutional assessments, review HR policies and processes, build communication processes, and create relationships across silos in an effort to increase organizational effectiveness. Both personally and professionally, I use the principle of praxis, the constant cycle of reflection and action, to guide my JEDI efforts, including the creation of the School of Medicine Staff JEDI Collective, a group across the School that uses a grassroots approach to culture change. Prior to my arrival at Stanford, I led the STEM Equity and Inclusion Initiative at the University of California, Berkeley. In my scientific career, I received a PhD in Genetics and Development from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and completed a postdoc at the University of California, Santa Cruz. In my personal time, I enjoy hanging out with my family and young kiddos, dancing ballet and modern, reading, and (re)connecting with friends.

Matthew Griffith, Assistant Director of Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

Hello, I‘m Matt Griffith and I'm honored to serve as an inaugural Assistant Director for JEDI. Prior to Stanford, I have worked extensively in higher education institutions and social impact programs on a wide array of access, diversity, and equity issues. Perhaps, most notably, I served as the Manager for Strategic Diversity Initiatives at the University of California Office of the President. Moreover, as a scholar-practitioner, I have led and conducted various projects on diversity-related issues such as free speech and institutional leadership structures and policy. Born and raised in the city of Detroit, Michigan, I am a proud (and sometimes overzealous) graduate of Detroit Public Schools and the University of Michigan–Ann Arbor. Furthermore, I am currently completing my Ph.D. at UCLA in Higher Education and Organizational Behavior. Lastly, in my off-time, I enjoy terrible reality television, coffee, and laughter.

Miranda Stratton, PhD, Assistant Director of Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

I am cell biologist turned JEDI practitioner with 8 years of experience implementing JEDI and belonging programs and initiatives. I am passionate about transforming cultures and creating communities where people can be their full selves. I am motivated to advance JEDI practices & policies while fostering meaningful relationships. My approach to JEDI is to practice empathy, build trust among partners, and use the scientific method with design thinking to create innovative solutions. I look forward to supporting staff on implementing JEDI strategic plans, policies, and programs. Prior to joining HRG, I served as the Associate Director for Biosciences Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging and Director of the Stanford Summer Research Program (SSRP) – Amgen Scholars Program in the Office of Graduate Education at Stanford Medicine for 3 years. I identify as a former first-generation, low-income (FLI) student and multiethnic woman of color. I earned my PhD in Biology from Stanford University and my bachelor's degree from the University of San Diego. In my personal time, I enjoy making bread, practicing yoga, knitting, connecting with friends and family, listening to music or podcasts, reading, and co-hosting The FLI (pronounced “fly”) Collective podcast (https://www.theflicollective.com).

Morgan Diamond, Talent Coordinator

Within my role as Talent Coordinator, I provide strategic and logistic support for the Organizational Effectiveness team’s programs and efforts, assisting both Learning & Organizational Development and Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion. As a public relations graduate who puts the utmost value on human connection, I bring a people-first outlook to this role and utilize this education and passion throughout my work. In my free time I’m either with friends or family, close to the water, staying active (at least trying to) or enjoying great food. During my time at Stanford, I have seen myself evolve professionally and personally and I am thrilled to have a part in returning this favor to the Stanford community! Please reach out to me with any inquiries about our programs or how we can be a resource to you.