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DEI Survey Announcement
May 2021

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Provost Persis Drell

Last summer, in the wake of the murder of George Floyd and other tragic events involving people of color, President Tessier-Lavigne outlined the university's commitment to fighting racial injustice and creating an inclusive and equitable university for all our members. Following Tuesday's violent attack in Atlanta, which took the lives of eight people, including six women of Asian descent, the president again renewed our commitment in a statement to the university community.

It is this context that we continue to advance our campus-wide IDEAL initiative, which serves as the focal point for our efforts to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion -- in our own communities and also in the research and teaching programs that extend Stanford's impact far beyond our campus.

As part of this initiative, we will conduct a university-wide diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) survey in May. The survey will focus on how race and ethnicity shape the experiences of our community members at Stanford. Faculty, students, postdoctoral scholars, and staff will all have the opportunity to participate. A survey of this scale, reaching our entire campus community, is unprecedented at Stanford. We will be as transparent as possible about the development of this survey, and we will use its findings to hold ourselves accountable for improving the climate on campus. 

Statement on Diversity and Inclusion

Higher education has the mission to advance human welfare in a rapidly changing world. Institutions that are truly inclusive and embrace and advance diversity everywhere – in every program, every school and every area of operation – will be the most successful. Stanford must become one of those institutions!

Read the Provost's Statement on Diversity and Inclusion