About the Office of DEIJ

Our Shared Mission

We develop, implement, and expand systems and structures to advance diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice in support of the mission of the Stanford Department of Pediatrics through active listening and intentional collaboration.

Our Shared Vision

All members of the Department of Pediatrics are engaged in continuous learning and improvement to foster a culture where diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice are central to all aspects of our work. 

Our Shared Values

  • Diversity: We define diversity broadly to include all aspects of human differences including but not limited to socioeconomic status, race, ethnicity, language, nationality, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, geography (including rural and highly rural areas), disability, and age.
  • Equity: Equity involves acknowledging intentional and unintentional barriers upheld by systems of oppression and promoting systems change that assures fair distribution of resources and opportunities for DoP faculty, staff, and trainees. 
  • Inclusion: Inclusion involves authentic and empowered participation, with a true sense of belonging and full access to opportunities. 
  • Justice: Justice is the systematic fair treatment of all people with deliberate systems and supports to achieve and sustain equitable opportunities and outcomes for all. 

The Department of Pediatrics collectively and publicly commits to continuously promoting anti-racism and equity through its policies, programs, and practices at all levels. Read the DoP's full Anti-Racism Expectation Statement by clicking the link above.

Office of DEIJ: Universal Goals

  • A More Diverse Community: Increase diversity of faculty and staff in DoP by 2030
  • Culture of Belonging: Faculty, staff, and trainees of all backgrounds feel included and represented in the DoP 
  • Culture of Belonging: 100% of faculty and staff develop individual DEIJ goals annually
  • Culture of Belonging - Personal Learning: The department receives yearly education in DEIJ topics 
  • Leadership Commitment: Sustained budgetary investment on DEIJ and Health Equity to match the needs of the DoP


*Read the Stanford Medicine Commission on Justice and Equity Report here

The DEIJ Team

Statement Regarding Religious and Spiritual Diversity

We embrace diversity and the richness it adds to our community, including the diversity of faiths and spiritualities present among us. 

It is important to foster inclusivity regarding individuals’ religions, spirituality, and world view, such that people feel comfortable bringing their whole selves to work—if they so choose. We also recognize and honor that some prefer to keep their religious beliefs or spirituality private.

In that spirit, we share the following tips to build inclusivity around religion and spirituality:

  • Add the Office for Religious and Spiritual Life’s religious observances calendar to your Stanford calendar.
  • Refer to the calendar and avoid scheduling events or programming on religious holidays. 
  • Be mindful of how religious symbols or traditions are incorporated into holiday and end-of-year messaging. 
  • Provide accommodations for people’s religious observances, such as midday prayers or dietary restrictions. (Religious accommodations are also required by federal law.) If you have questions about accommodations, please reach out to your HR team or the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life.

Given that the religious observances calendar is an exhaustive list of observances big and small, we have included a short list of significant holidays that fall (or can fall) on weekdays within the academic calendar below to serve as a starting point. 

Significant Observations That Can Fall During the Academic Calendar and Work Week

  • Rosh Hashanah
  • Yom Kippur
  • Passover
  • Good Friday
  • Eid al-Fitr
  • Eid al-Adha
  • Shavuot

This list is a starting point and there may be other significant observations during the academic calendar. As a best practice, consult the Office for Religious and Spiritual Life’s religious observances calendar when scheduling events.

The university does not promote a particular religion or spirituality, nor does it discriminate against any student, staff, faculty, affiliate, or community member on the basis of religion or spirituality.