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Many groups are collaborating on diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging initiatives. In addition, our Staff groups, Communities of Practice, and a variety of Slack channels can provide staff with opportunities for professional, educational, and social support. Schools and units may also have groups whose role is to support diversity initiatives and/or provide personal support to community members. See also the "Join a Group" webpage.


IDEAL Staff Advisory Committee

This committee began meeting in October 2020 and is charged with developing recommendations that will improve university-wide processes, systems, procedures and/or programs and services that support BIPOC staff and all staff. The committee guides the strategic direction of the IDEAL (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity  and Access in a Learning Environment) initiative for staff, and proposes programs and initiatives to further diversity and inclusion at Stanford. Committee members represent schools and units across campus and partner with many groups to prioritize efforts and advance issues and recommendations for positive community change. 

  • Advisors

    • Patrick Dunkley, Deputy Athletic Director, Athletics
    • Shirley Everett, Sr. Associate Vice Provost, Residential & Dining Enterprises
    • Elizabeth Zacharias, Vice President for Human Resources

View the webpages (button below) to see a list of members, the key strategic priorities, and current updates

IDEAL Staff Advisory Committee


Community Groups

Staff Groups

All staff are invited to join any/all staff groups to meet colleagues and enjoy personal and professional development opportunities. On the Diversity & Access Office website, review group descriptions, watch video overviews of some groups, and get contact information. Current groups are:

  • American Indian Staff Forum (AISF)
  • Asian Staff Forum (ASF)
  • Black Staff Alliance (BSA)
  • Disability Staff Forum (DSF)
  • Filipino American Staff Community at Stanford (FACS)
  • La Raza Staff Association (LRSA)
  • Queer University Employees at Stanford (QUEST)
  • Stanford Staffers

View Staff Groups and join!

Accessibility in IT

This group builds awareness, allyship, and accountability around digital accessibility at Stanford. View the Accessibility in IT webpage

People of Color in IT 

This group advances representation, engagement, and support of people of color in technology roles at Stanford. View the POC-IT webpage

Neurodiversity in IT

This group advances and promotes the university’s commitment to workforce innovation and broad diversity and inclusion, specifically related to neurodiversity. View the Neurodiversity-IT webpage

Women in IT

This group advances representation, engagement, and support for women in technology roles at Stanford. View the Women in IT webpage

Year Up Internship Program (IT)

  • IDEAL IT sponsors Year Up interns in entry level positions throughout campus, giving participants invaluable experience while the IT organizations benefit from skilled and motivated individuals. Visit the Year Up Internship webpage