Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Embracing diversity, advancing equity and cultivating inclusion at Stanford Engineering is an active, ongoing practice. And it touches every level of our dynamic community — faculty, students, postdoctoral scholars and staff. While Stanford Engineering is committed to reflecting the vibrant world around us, our work is far from finished.
We're prioritizing bringing together the most talented people from all backgrounds. That means nurturing an environment that welcomes and validates diverse perspectives and beliefs. Only when our engineers understand — and mirror — the needs of all people can we achieve our school’s larger mission: to create a better world.
Meet a few of Stanford Engineering's students, faculty and staff. Their stories are our collective narrative.
Dean Widom's letters
> Managing physical and mental well-being
> Stanford Engineering's diversity initiatives
> Expanding our equity and inclusion efforts
> Difficult times at Stanford Engineering and in the world
> Supporting our diverse population
The Dean’s Graduate Student Advisory Council is a graduate student group within Stanford Engineering dedicated to building a more positive environment for students to learn, work and thrive.
Programs for all
Read about the programs that are helping us strive for greater diversity, equity, inclusion and access for Stanford engineers at all academic levels.
Stanford Summer Engineering Academy (SSEA)
Many of our students say SSEA, a program that introduces first-year students to campus, is like family. Watch this video to hear why.
Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF)
This initiative supports students who are interested in graduate studies and academic careers, but who have limited access to research university programs.
Stanford Exposure to Research and Graduate Education (SERGE)
The two-day program gives diverse students from around the globe a glimpse of PhD life at Stanford — and a community to welcome them.
An eight-week immersion into Stanford’s research culture to help first-year PhD students find their place and thrive.
Get to know our professors
Stanford Engineering faculty play a powerful role in advocating for students, making them feel heard and building a community based on the inclusion of all voices. Meet these inspiring minds.
My group is pretty diverse, and when students are having a hard time, I tell them to use the resources around them ... focus on the people who want them to succeed, and speak their minds even when it goes against the grain because I want them to express themselves fully in the way that I was able to. I walk them to the window, and I tell them to look at the view, and I say, “You made it. You are here. You belong."
"Now that I have a lab of my own at Stanford, one of my goals is to give new students hands-on experience and confidence in doing research, so they can see the possibilities available to them. I’m especially interested in giving undergraduates that opportunity while training more senior students and postdocs, so they can participate in discovering something new. As a young student, something like that can change your life."
"I always advise students and young faculty to find mentors. They don’t have to be formal relationships and you don’t have to limit yourself to a small number of helpful people. Most people love to be asked for their advice and they’re usually happy to give it. You can develop the relationship from there."
What else can I explore?
Graduate student enrollment
Underrepresented minorities and women in STEM fields are the fastest-growing groups among Stanford’s graduate student population.
Engineering for All
Watch this series focused on exploring how engineering can become more inclusive in education and in design.
Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access in a Learning Environment is part of Stanford’s vision to increase and accelerate purposeful impact in the world.