- Someone Like Me Mentoring Program: “Someone Like Me” is a peer mentoring program supporting trainees from marginalized backgrounds across Stanford University. The program seeks to create a supportive community for graduate students and postdocs from underrepresented groups, needs, and interests.We provide a safe and informal platform for trainees to gather and address challenges pertaining to navigating academia and life as marginalized people. SLM is 100% trainee-designed and has been a Diversity and Inclusion Innovation Fund (DIF) project since 2018. This program is for you if any of the following are true:
- you are looking for a supportive community who can validate your struggle and hold space for you;
- you are having a hard time navigating the structure of academia;
- you have questions you don’t feel comfortable asking your PI;
- you want to hear more diverse perspectives.
2. Better Ally: The Better Ally program is a trainee-organized monthly journal club and action planning series focused on understanding the challenges faced by various marginalized communities and how we can each do our part to help address them.
The impetus for this program came from the need to create spaces for conversation and actionable plans for active allyship, especially in order to support the many trainees that now serve on DEI committees around Stanford. We aim for this to be a brave space for everyone, where we can get out of our comfort zones a bit and question our own resistances, biases, or assumptions, and really speak into existence what it is we are working for.
Better Ally has been a VPGE Diversity and Inclusion Innovation Fund (DIF) project since 2021.
3. 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.