JEDI Research Staff
Community of Support

The School of Medicine JEDI Research Staff Community of Support includes diverse researchers from varying departments, positions (e.g., research technicians, clinical researchers, research grant writers, etc.), and career stages coming together to support each other.

Interested in learning more? Join our list serv to stay up to date with our offerings and to share information amongst our community.

Join our Slack channel, #som-jedi-research-cos, under the Stanford School of Medicine Workspace


We center and amplify the voices of minoritized research staff  and their experiences, while aiming to build a more diverse community at Stanford School of Medicine. We provide opportunities by hosting quarterly touchpoints, addressing current issues that research staff face, sharing resources, networking, and community building. We also aim to share information and knowledge that demystifies what career opportunities exist for research staff.


We actively create and sustain a nurturing environment for research staff to grow personally and professionally beyond technical skill development. We uplift and value our minoritized research staff community, reminding them that they belong, regardless of scientific contributions and successes.

Who We Support

All staff who work within Stanford Medicine research environments are welcome to join. We especially welcome individuals whose social identities have been minoritized, systematically, and/or historically excluded in research environments to build belonging and community within our space.

Planning Committee

The JEDI Research Staff Community of Support was created and maintained by a dedicated group of research staff involved on the Planning Committee. Past and present committee members include:  Sumali Hewage, Tayler Hughes, Anna Okumu, Pratima Prabala, Elidia Tafoya, and Emily Wood. 

Are you interested in becoming involved in the Planning Committee? Email with the subject "JEDI Research Staff COS Planning Committee".

Meeting Schedule - Date, Time (in PT)


Friday, February 23, 2024, 12:00pm – 1:00pm PT

First Touch Point | Completed


Friday, May 10, 2024, 12:00pm -1:00pm PT

Via Zoom | Register here for Zoom details


Friday, August 16, 2024, 12:00pm - 1:00pm PT

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Friday, November 15, 2024, 12:00pm -1:00pm PT

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