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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Vision and Philosophy

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A commitment to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion is integral to accomplishing the Haas Center’s mission.

We recognize diversity as an asset that enriches our lives and our work.

We value and seek to ensure full participation and inclusion of people of all identities, and we believe in centering the human dignity and experiences of those who are the most marginalized.

We take an intersectional approach, acknowledging the ways in which identities operate within systems of power, privilege, and oppression. Individually and collectively we critically examine and challenge our biases, assumptions, institutional structures, and worldviews.

We engage both internally at the Haas Center and externally with partners and stakeholders on and off campus to ensure that all can thrive, bring their full selves, and do their best work.

We are committed to building bridges, establishing and maintaining respectful relationships, and creating an equitable workplace.

Guided by the Principles of Ethical and Effective Service and cultural humility, we are galvanized by the promise and imperative to create a more just world through transformation at the personal and interpersonal levels, as well as through institutional, structural, and systemic change.

As Stanford University embraces a vision for its role as a purposeful university in the decades to come, advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion is vital for equipping students to, in the founding words of Jane Stanford, “become thereby of greater service to the public.”

Our DEI vision and philosophy have been informed and inspired by the work of Bucknell University, the National Career Development Association (NCDA), the Swearer Center at Brown University, Teach For All, and others. We are deeply grateful for their contributions.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Stanford

"IDEAL – Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access in a Learning Environment – is about the future of Stanford. IDEAL’s objective is to move the institution culturally to the future. The success of our teaching and research missions depend on doing this well. And if we can create positive change in these areas, then we will make Stanford better for everyone."
Read about the IDEAL initiative at Stanford

"We believe that Stanford’s future preeminence requires that we enthusiastically embrace our diverse future now. Our diversity ensures our strength as an intellectual community. In today’s world, diversity represents the key to excellence and achievement. We must continue to evolve and become a better and more inclusive institution in our pursuit of the values we hold dear.”
Read the Provost’s Statement on Diversity and Inclusion

“One of Stanford’s great strengths is that it is a diverse community of people from all over the world, reflecting varied backgrounds, identities and ways of thinking. We have an extraordinary opportunity here to learn from each other, to have our thinking challenged, to sharpen our arguments and to develop better ideas from thoughtful debate. A thriving academic community depends upon the free exchange of ideas from across the diversity of the community, within a culture of inclusion and mutual respect.”
Read a message from the President and Provost