Message from the Director

Stanford Immunology condemns the senseless violence and acts of racism directed at Black people, and we stand in strong solidarity with our Black trainees and colleagues. We see the deep-rooted systemic racism and the pain that it brings to people of color. These injustices are not new but have festered in our society and academic institutions for far too long. We commit to work within our immediate community and beyond to create an environment of inclusion, tolerance, and equity for all.

These changes will surely require that we continue to have difficult conversations, to reach out to each other, to listen, but also to look inward and to take the initiative to self-educate on how we can each contribute to bringing about change. While we have made strides in improving the diversity of our trainees we recognize that is not enough. We pledge to work towards making Stanford Immunology a place where every person feels safe, supported, and thrives.

Black Lives Matter.

Olivia Martinez, PhD
Director of Stanford Immunology

Registration for Black In Immuno Week is now open! November 14-20, 2021

Stanford Immunology is a proud sponsor of Black in Immuno Week. We invite you to join both sessions of Black In Immuno Week: At the Bench and At the Bedside.

This year, the event will feature talks and panels by Black immunologists, clinicians, patients, and patient advocates. The program (attached) will include talks on basic and translational science and on the experiences of academics and patients.

Download the program flyer here.

Community, Diversity and Inclusion In Immunology

CDIII (Community, Diversity and Inclusion In Immunology) is a recently formed committee that aims to promote a culture of diversity, equity and inclusion in the Immunology Program through the identification and recommendation of long-lasting creative solutions that embrace anti-racism principles and eliminate systemic bias.


Committee Members

Faculty Olivia Martinez Director
  Juli Idoyaga Chair
  Chris Garcia Co-Chair
  Nima Aghaeepour  
  Pras Jagannathan  
  Rosa Bacchetta  
  Mike Snyder  
  Catherine Blish Alternate
  Holden Maecker Alternate
  Taia Wang Alternate
Graduate Students Gabe Barron  
  Ben Oberlton  
  Sarah Sackey  
  Izumi de los Rios Kobara Alternate
  Adonis Rubio Alternate
Sally Demirdjian
  Jiefu Li  

Previous Events at Stanford University

#StopAsianHate StanfordMed LIVE Special Town Hall on March 26, 2021 

Stanford Medicine leaders and AAPI members talk candidly about anti-Asian hate.

Watch the recording (SUNet ID required) of the special #StopAsianHate StanfordMed LIVE Town Hall that raised awareness of anti-Asian hate and violence in our country and addressed the recent Atlanta shootings.  

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, Asians, Asian Americans, and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) have reported increased experiences of discrimination, hate, and violence. This includes verbal harassment, unprovoked assaults, and being socially ostracized and antagonized. On March 16, a gunman targeted three spas and massage parlors in Atlanta, Georgia, killing eight people, including six women of Asian descent. These acts of racism are directly linked to a long history of racializing Asians as “others” whose culture is unassimilable to the United States. 

Anti-Racist Community Conversation with Dr. Cornel West

In June 2021, BioAIMS, SBBO, SBSA, and Stanford BioSciences hosted Dr. Cornel West in an interview with Kenisha Puckett, president of SBBO! The event was fantastic and extremely important and impactful. If you missed it, or were hoping to re-watch the recording, you have the opportunity to watch the video until June 2022. To quote one attendee “it’s the best session that I have attended at Stanford these past five years”. 

We were thrilled to have Dr. Cornel West, one of America's most provocative public intellectuals and lifelong champion for racial justice join us in a conversation about how we can foster an antiracist community here at Stanford, School of Medicine. Dr. West is a Professor of the Practice of Public Philosophy at Harvard University, Professor Emeritus at Princeton University and has written 20 books and edited 13. Dr. West has a passion for communicating to diverse audiences and for keeping Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s legacy alive- a legacy of telling the truth and bearing witness to love and justice. 

Faculty Conversation with Dr. Terrance Mayes

What should we do to combat anti-Black racism and other forms of discrimination in the Stanford Medicine community?

How can faculty create an environment of inclusion and better support our students and postdocs in their classroom and labs and in our institution?

On August 14, 2020, Terrance Mayes, Associate Dean for Equity and Strategic Initiatives and the Executive Director of the Commission on Justice and Equity at Stanford Medicine and former Associate Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer for UC Irvine Health, reflects on his experience at Stanford and imparts best practices to move faculty forward from dialogue to action.

"Promoting diversity and advancing racial equity in the biomedical sciences" by Kenneth Gibbs

Is a "committment to diversity" enough in biomedical sciences? Stanford Immunology alumnus Kenneth Gibbs, PhD '10 suggests ways to make substantive progress on issues of diversity and racial justice in science. Gibbs is Director of the Postdoctoral Research Associate Training Proram at the National Institute of General Medical Sciences. Read the article here.

Letter from Sam Cheshier to Stanford

Sam Cheshier, MD, PhD completed the immunology program in 2005 and is currently the  Director of the Pediatric Surgical Neuro-Oncology at University of Utah Medical School. The events surrounding the murder of George Floyd prompted him to relate his thoughts on the issue. With a preface from Professor Irv Weissman, read Sam's letter here. 

Further Reading