Inclusion and Retention

Committee Mission: Create a sense of community in the department, get to know and understand each other and each other’s point of view, make sure that everyone who is a part of the department knows which resources are available to them.

Members: Crissy Tarver, Fatima Pardo (she/her), Martha Kessler

Resources

It is important to have a sense of community during your time at Stanford. The following resources can help you find your community at Stanford. Many of these groups are run by postdocs and graduate students, and they are constantly evolving. If you want to get involved, we encourage you to reach out to the organizations. A common way to learn of activities and events is to subscribe to their mailing lists.  

It is also important for the department that everyone feels welcomed and is treated respectfully. If you have suffered from an incident that goes against the University’s Code of Conduct [here], we encourage you to report the incident by sending an email to the School of Medicine Ombudsperson, James Laflin (jlaflin@stanford.edu).

Additional reporting resources can be found in the Stanford acts of intolerance protocol: here.

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Student Groups

Sisters in STEM: here

Hermanas en STEM: here

oSTEM: here

BioAIMS: here

Stanford Black Biosciences Organization (SBBO): here

Postdoc Groups

The best way to learn about the events for postdocs is by joining the following mailing lists. If you want to get involved, you can contact the members of the committees and organizations. More information can be found in the SURPAS website

Stanford University Postdoctoral Association (SURPAS): surpas-announcements@lists.stanford.edu

Latinx postdoc Association: latinxpostdocs@lists.stanford

Black Postdoc Association: blackpostdocs@lists.stanford.edu

LGBTQ Postdoc Association: here

Stanford Chinese Postdoc Association: here

Stanford Community Centers 

Community Centers offer academic, personal, social and cultural support. By joining their mailing lists, you can learn about events they host (e.g., Cafecito every other Friday Morning). They are also a great resource if you want to organize an event or are curious about other resources available on campus. Community Centers cater to all the Stanford Community, from undergraduates to Faculty and Staff. 

Black Community Services Center: https://bcsc.stanford.edu

El centro Chicano y Latino: here

Bechtel International Center: here

Women’s Community Center: here

Native American Cultural Center: here

Queer Student Resources: here

Office of Accessible Education: here

Mentoring Programs 

Mentoring opportunities open to graduate students and postdocs. These groups are great for networking. You can find mentors, but also be a mentor to someone else. 

SOLID: The Solidarity, Leadership, Inclusion, Diversity Mentorship Program. here

Someone Like Me, Grad Student - Postdoc Mentoring Program

(include here their slack channel): here

Sign up form: here

Stanford Science Pen Pals. here

Association for Women in Science Palo Alto, mentoring program: here

More Resources

School of Medicine DEI groups and programs. This is the most extensive list of resources available to members of the School of Medicine. Includes resources for graduate students, postdocs and staff. Here

Diversity Programs for Students (Stanford Biosciences). Resources for Graduate Students in the Biosciences. Here

Mental Health Resources 

If you are experiencing a psychiatric crisis, please call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room. 

Graduate Students:

Mental Health and Wellness Resources for Graduate Students:  here and here.

Postdocs and Staff

Mental Health and Wellness Resources for postdocs and staff: here

The faculty staff help center offers counseling services, workshops, discussion groups, consultation and training. All services are free of charge. Here

In addition to access to the faculty staff help center, postdocs can access the postdoc assistance program. Guidance Resources provides no-cost short-term therapy for personal and work-life issues. Here

Postdocs Benefits also include Mental Health and substance abuse options: here