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 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. You can review the framework above, along with our highlights, in this presentation

For questions and more information, contact the JEDI team at

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

Dr. Shaila Kotadia provides guidance on building justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (JEDI) into institutional systems and structures. Her experience in higher education has focused on the integration of JEDI activities across all constituencies, from students/trainees to staff to faculty, whereas in her current position, she focuses primarily on staff. In Dr. Kotadia's role, she is charged with implementing institution-wide JEDI strategic plans for staff. She also conducts education and facilitation around JEDI topics, leads ongoing institutional assessments, reviews HR policies and processes, builds communication processes, and creates relationships across silos in an effort to increase organizational effectiveness. Before Dr. Kotadia arrived at Stanford, she led the STEM Equity and Inclusion Initiative at the University of California, Berkeley. In Dr. Kotadia's scientific career, she received a Ph.D. in Genetics and Development from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and completed a postdoc at the University of California, Santa Cruz. 

Selected work and presentations: 

  1. An Institution in Crisis: Reacting and Responding to the National Reckoning on Racial Justice, NADOHE 2021 Annual Conference, 2021
  2. Understanding of Social Identity and Positionality, Stowers Institute for Medical Research DEI Speaker Series, 2022
  3. A Values-Based Approach to Exploring JEDI Principles, Employee Assistance Professionals Association, 2023


Matthew Griffith, PhD
Assistant Director of Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion - Strategy & Programs

Matthew Griffith is the Assistant Director for Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI)––Strategy and Programs. In his role, Matthew works to advocate and develop JEDI practices, opportunities, and programs with and for Stanford School of Medicine staff. He comes to this work as a strategist and a facilitator, as he has significant training and experience in both project development/planning and intergroup dialogue. Prior to Stanford, he worked in various professional positions centered on advancing and implementing diversity and equity initiatives for faculty, students, and staff throughout the University of California system, including UC Berkeley, UCLA, and UC Office of the President. As a scholar-practitioner, he actively writes, presents, and teaches on various issues at the intersection of DEI, including navigating institutional power dynamics, equity in leadership structures and policy, and free speech. Recently, he was a 2022 fellow at the National Center for Free Speech and Civic Engagement. Born and raised in the city of Detroit, Michigan, he is a proud (and sometimes overzealous) alumnus of Detroit Public Schools and the University of Michigan. Matthew received his Ph.D. at UCLA in Higher Education and Organizational Change. In his off-time, Matthew enjoys terrible reality television, coffee, and laughter.

Selected work and presentations: 

  1. Chess, Not Checkers: Using Power Mapping to Navigate the Political Terrains of the University Leader, NCORE 2022 Annual Conference, 2022

Miranda Stratton, PhD
Assistant Director of Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion - Community & Partnerships

Dr. Miranda Stratton is a cell biologist turned JEDI practitioner passionate about transforming cultures and creating communities where people can be their whole selves. She is motivated to advance and operationalize JEDI through critical practices & policy changes that center on minoritized individuals and their experiences. In her role, Miranda is a strategic and creative thought partner who looks for unique solutions to address complex, systemic issues by facilitating meaningful connections between internal and external partners. As a scholar, she has published peer-reviewed articles that guide STEM trainees and their mentors in navigating academic STEM spaces. A former first-generation, low-income (FLI) student and multiethnic woman of color, Miranda is an alumna of the University of San Diego and its McNair Scholars Program. In 2019, she earned her PhD in Biology from Stanford University. She enjoys knitting, practicing yoga, watching TV and movies, and catching up with family and friends in her free time.

Selected work and presentations:

  1. Combatting the Ongoing Oppression and Anti-Blackness in Graduate Education at Stanford, NCORE 2021 Annual Conference, 2021
  2. STEM by Association: Navigating STEM Spaces as STEM Adjacent Professionals, SACNAS 2023 Annual Conference, 2023


Chris White, M.Ed.
JEDI Coordinator

As a creator of authentic spaces, I believe community and belonging should be fostered with a wellness lens where anyone can show up as their true selves. I’m a student at heart who asks deep questions and leads with an open mind to gain a full perspective. Growth and development are passions of mine that remain in the forefront of all that I do. From K-12 to Higher Education, I bring nearly a decade of educational background from across the southwest. I’ve supported students and staff through mentorship, project management, policy change, teaching, media, and systematic organization. As an actions oriented problem solver, I love to collaborate and think outside the box over good music and even better food! I’m a proud Los Angeles native and first-generation college student holding a B.S. in Psychology from Grand Canyon University and a Master’s of Education with emphasis in Human Relations from Northern Arizona University. In my personal time, I enjoy cooking and baking, basketball and binge worthy tv, traveling and spending time with loved ones. I look forward to connecting!!

Selected work:

  1. 1st Gen Landing: How to Support First Generation College Students