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Our mission is to empower the Stanford community to thrive in an equitable, safe, and just campus that supports diversity and promotes inclusion in order to enhance the teaching and research mission of the University.

Institutional Equity & Access is a division at Stanford led by Senior Associate Vice Provost, Lauren Schoenthaler, and is comprised of five offices: Diversity & Access, Ombuds, the Office of Sexual Assault and Relationship Abuse Education and Response (SARA), the Sexual Harassment Policy Office (SHPO), and Title IX.  Our offices are committed to ensuring that Stanford community members thrive in a just and safe environment, free of violence and harassment.  Collectively, our offices serve the entire campus community by engaging in four primary activities:  prevention – educating our campus community on sexual violence and all forms of harassment; inclusion – supporting affinity staff groups and leading trainings on diversity, inclusion, and bias; support – providing disability accommodations and helping community members who have experienced harassment or violence; and response – problem solving, investigating, and redressing allegations of harassment and violence. 


Gender Support Website.  In November 2019 the Gender Expansive Support at Stanford website was launched, through a partnership with students, alumni, and multiple Stanford offices.  The website provides information and resources for transgender, genderqueer, and nonbinary community(TGQN) members, as well as information for the entire Stanford community to best support our TGQN colleagues.

YWCA of Silicon Valley Community Coordinator at Stanford.  YWCA is excited to begin services at Stanford University on November 1. YWCA’s services will be primarily focused on outreach, engagement, and support to the non-student spouse/partner community at Stanford, with services and programs relating to intimate partner violence prevention.  A dedicated on-site YWCA staff member will provide services to the spouse/partner population, in addition to other members of the Stanford community. YWCA operates a 24/7 support line in English and Spanish (800-572-2782), in addition to an in-person response team. Walk-in Services for survivors are available in San Jose at 375 S. Third Street from 9am to 5pm, Monday – Friday, and by appointment in Sunnyvale at 298 S. Sunnyvale Ave. YWCA provides support to people of all genders, sexual orientations, races, religions, economic backgrounds, abilities, and any other identities. Most languages are accommodated through a language line.

The Diversity and Access Office was created to advance Stanford’s commitment to equal opportunity and affirmative action. The Office is responsible for University wide compliance of the nondiscrimination policies and equal access for individuals with disabilities. We provide technical assistance, training and resources to foster a respectful and inclusive Stanford community.

The Ombuds is a confidential, impartial dispute resolver who strives to see that faculty, postdocs, staff, students, and others are treated fairly and equitably. The Ombuds Office assists any members of the Stanford community who are experiencing conflicts, concerns, or other challenges in their professional or academic lives.

The Office of Sexual Assault & Relationship Abuse Education & Response (SARA) promotes healthy, empowered, and consensual relationships at Stanford. We create innovative education, provide collaborative advocacy, and partner in the response to sexual/relationship violence and stalking on campus. We honor diversity, inclusion, and intersectionality in our programming and services.

The Sexual Harassment Policy Office provides consultation to faculty and staff on matters related to sexual harassment and coordinates fact-finding, resolution, and remediation of sexual harassment complaints. In educating the University community on issues related to sexual harassment and sexual violence, our goal is to ensure that Stanford is a safe and respectful environment to live, work, and study. 

The Title IX Office collaborates with the Stanford community to stop, prevent, and remedy interpersonal violence and gender-based discrimination through education, culture change, accountability, and empowerment.  We offer options and resources to all students affected by these issues and are committed to providing a fair, thorough, and prompt investigation and adjudication process.