Diverse Perspectives Seminar Series (DPSS)


The Diversity Perspectives Seminar Series is a trainee-hosted event that contributes to the ongoing, university-wide discussion on diversity and inclusion in academia. Each speaker visit will also provide opportunities for marginalized trainees to network, share personal experiences, and discuss strategies for navigating the increasingly-competitive job market.

A key objective is to provide cross-disciplinary and cross-cultural interactions between diverse trainees to enable postdoctoral scholars, graduate students, and undergraduates to share, learn about, and improve the experiences of currently marginalized members of the Stanford community.

You are invited to the 4th annual Diverse Perspectives Seminar Series!
“Culturally Responsive Mentorship: Implications for Student Development”
An in-person event featuring Professor Angela Byars-Winston (University of Wisconsin–Madison) on April 19th (Wed) at 10am PDT
Join us to celebrate diversity and excellence in research as we bring together scholars from all career stages to discuss efforts to promote equity and inclusion within academia.
Dr. Angela Byars-Winston is a counseling psychologist and Professor of Medicine at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Additionally, she is Principal Investigator in the NIH National Research Mentoring Network leading the Culturally Aware Mentorship initiative. She investigates cultural and organizational influences on career development, effective mentorship of college students and early career faculty, and studies interventions aimed at increasing  retention  of  individuals  from  racial/ethnic  groups  marginalized  in  STEMM. Dr. Byars-Winston is the 2022 recipient of the Outstanding Educator for Innovation in Mentorship Research Award from the Association of Clinical and Translational Science.
RSVP for the event here. Graduate students and postdocs are invited to join small-group discussions with Dr. Byars-Winston. Discussion sessions will take place in the afternoon of 4/19. Please RSVP and you will receive a separate invitation.
Contact Mason Wu (ycmwu@stanford.edu) with any questions or concerns. Jointly hosted by SURPAS and BioAIMS.



DPSS planning team



DPSS advisors



Stanford VPGE Diversity Innovation Fund

Stanford Humanities & Sciences


2022 Event Keynote Speaker: Dr. Sherilynn Black, Duke University

Dr. Black is the Associate Vice Provost for Faculty Advancement at Duke, where she provides leadership for faculty advancement and leads initiatives to increase diversity among the faculty. Alongside this work, Dr. Black’s social neuroscience research reveals the effectiveness of interventions designed to promote diversity in academia. Through a combination of neuroscience and statistical modeling, Dr. Black develops effective strategies and interventions required to broaden participation in the basic and biomedical sciences.

2021 Event Keynote Speaker: Dr. Raychelle Burks, American University

Dr. Raychelle Burks earned her BS from Northwestern Iowa University, MSc from Nebraska Wesleyan University, and PhD from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln. After working in a crime lab, Dr. Burks returned to academia, teaching, and forensic science research. Her research team is focused on the development of colorimetric and luminescent sensing systems for the detection of samples of forensic interest. Beyond the bench, Dr. Burks is a popular science communicator appearing regularly on TV, radio, podcasts, and print outlets. Most recently, she was a series regular in the Smithsonian Channel show “The Curious Life and Death Of…” and writes a science-meets-true crime column called “Trace Analysis” for Chemistry World. In 2020, she was awarded the American Chemical Society’s Grady – Stack Award for Interpreting Chemistry for the Public. Central to Dr. Burks’ research, teaching, and service is the central tenet that equitable, diverse, and inclusive spaces and practices both respect people and produce scientific outcomes of greater integrity. She is a member of several local, national, and international committees, task forces, and projects focused on social justice and STEM.

2019 Inaugural Event Keynote Speaker: Dr. Michael Penn

Dr. Michael Penn earned his B.S. from Morehouse College and his M.D.-Ph.D. at UCSF. Michael left UCSF to work at Genentech in Marketing and Business Development roles for the next 9 years and was then recruited to become a Vice President at the Gladstone Institutes, focusing on diversity, mentoring, and strategy; then served as CEO of the Gladstone Foundation. He is also a co-author of Finding Your North and co-founder of the non-profit, Building Diversity in Science.  In 2017, Michael moved on to tackle some independent ventures, including founding Health Equity Ventures–an emerging venture fund, consulting for UCSF and advising digital health startups. His sole focus is on enabling the development of talent, technologies, and companies that enable wellbeing for all, especially vulnerable populations.