The Diversity Center of Representation and Empowerment, or D-CORE, provides a space where any member of the Stanford Medicine community interested in issues of inclusion and diversity can hold meetings or just hang out and study.

Vision for D-CORE

The Stanford SOM Diversity Center of Representation and Empowerment (D-CORE), established in a visible location on campus to highlight the importance of its existence, will demonstrate that supporting trainees of underrepresented backgrounds is a priority to the SOM. All medical and graduate trainee groups serving the needs of underrepresented minorities will share ownership of the community center, and the space will be open to all trainees in the SOM community. This will be a physical space for community members who want and need to celebrate their identity and serves to connect trainees, build community, and reduce isolation. We envision this space will be an environment that appreciates the multicultural aspects of identity, fosters inclusion, and provides cultural, social, and educational experiences through conversation. We envision this space will be staffed by personnel with a demonstrated commitment to supporting the diverse student population at our institution. In addition, trainees at all levels will have access to this space during business hours.

D-CORE Racial Justice Library

The ADVANCE Summer Institute and Lane Library are pleased to announce a new Racial Justice Library installation to the D-CORE, now available online or via curbside pickup. Enjoy reading, and be on the lookout for an upcoming opportunity to engage with this book collection during Feb 2021! 

This collection of 140 books, 64 of which have been made available online through Stanford Libraries, were purchased from Marcus Books in Oakland. This collection consists of both fiction and nonfiction works by and for Black people, Indigenous people, and people of color (BIPOC). 

You can find a comprehensive list of all the works in this collection with online access links here, and you can schedule a curbside pickup from Lane Library here. Additionally, you can find this list inventoried through the Lane Library website by searching “DCORE”, another route to digital access and curbside pickup. We are happy to take suggestions for additional works desired here


D-CORE office hours

Welcome to restored D-CORE Office Hours for the academic school year 2022-2023. Meet with someone online or in person.

Ears for Peers (MD students only)

Every Tuesday, 8am - 9am

BioPeers (MS/PhD)

Schedule here

Biosciences Diversity Programs

James Harden, Associate Director for Biosciences DEIB
Contact jaharden@stanford.edu

Bioscience Student Life & Wellness

Shelly Rasnick, Associate Director for Biosciences Student Life & Wellness
Every 1st Wednesday, 11am - 1pm (in D-CORE)
Sign up for virtual office hours

Medical Student Wellness

Margaret Govea, Director for Office of Medical Student Wellness
(On pause)
Contact govea@stanford.edu

Office of Medical Student Affairs

Mijiza Sanchez-Guzman, Associate Dean for Office of Medical Student Affairs
(On pause)

Biosciences Grant Writing Academy

Crystal Botham, Director & Founder for Grant Writing Academy
Contact cbotham@stanford.edu

Graduate Education & Diversity

Latishya Steele, Associate Dean for Graduate Education and Diversity
Contact ljsteele@stanford.edu

Biosciences Wellness Matters

Diversity center for med school opens in Lane Library

When Tawaun Lucas began his graduate studies in 2014 at the School of Medicine, he said he wished there had been a place where he and other minority students could congregate in times of need for support, a physical space for companionship and comfort.

Dean Lloyd Minor shakes hands with Tawaun Lucas at the Oct. 2 opening of the medical school's Diversity Center of Representation and Empowerment.
Steve Fisch

Event Highlight: 2020 Open House


Share your stories & experiences at the D-CORE using #DCORE on social media!

Reserve the D-CORE space

The D-CORE space is open for events around diversity, equity, and inclusion from group meetings to celebrations. The D-CORE is located in Lane Library and is open during Lane Library hours. After-hour events are possible with advanced notice. Download a flyer to advertise the D-CORE for events in your department or office. Read more about the functionality of the space in the D-CORE Usage Policy Guide.

D-CORE founders

Tawaun Lucas – Neurosciences PhD Candidate

Shanique Martin – Medical Student

Osama Mohamed El-Gabalawy – Medical Student

Dorothy Tovar – Microbiology and Immunology PhD Candidate

Gabriel Washington – Medical Student