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


Faculty Conversation with 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 Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer for UC Irvine Health and former Associate Dean for Graduate Education and Diversity at Stanford School of Medicine's Office of Graduate Education, reflects on his experience at Stanford and imparts best practices to move faculty forward from dialogue to action.

Antiracism in Biomedical Research and Medicine

A Virtual In-Conversation with Dr. Ibram X. Kendi

SAVE THE DATE! September 30, 2020

We are extremely excited to announce that the Departments of Genetics, Developmental Biology, Biosciences, and the School of Medicine and their affiliated departments will be hosting Dr. Ibram X. Kendi for a virtual In-Conversation with Dean Ayodele Thomas about Antiracism in Biomedical Research and Medicine on September 30 at 11am. We hope you will join us for this exciting conversation.

The in-conversation format consists of pre-submitted questions. Please submit your questions to Dr. Kendi and/or Dr. Thomas here by September 9, 2020

"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