Institutional Equity & Access Under New Leadership
Beginning May 1, 2021, Patrick Dunkley will serve as Vice Provost for Institutional Equity, Access, and Community. In addition to directing the Office of Institutional Equity & Access, Patrick will serve as executive director of the university’s IDEAL and racial justice initiatives. More details of his appointment and new role are in this Stanford Today article.
Join Us in Celebration of Asian Pacific Islander (API) Heritage Month
API Heritage Month is celebrated in May to commemorate the achievements and contributions of people of Asian and Pacific Islander descent in the United States.
"We are celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month in the context of recent racist incidents targeting Asians in our country, including here in the Bay Area. Sadly, discrimination and racist violence against Asians have a long history in our country, dating back to the first immigrants. We denounce these racist acts, and stand firmly in support of our diverse Asian, Asian American, and Pacific Islander communities." Stanford President Marc Tessier-Lavigne
Learn more about community events, including 'Understanding and Addressing Anti-Asian Violence', at Regrounding: Finding Ourselves As Asian Americans hosted by the Okada House, the Asian American Students' Association (AASA), and the Asian American Studies Program.
In Gratitude to the Activists, Bystanders, and Jurors who moved Justice Forward, Chauvin Guilty Verdict April 20, 2021
"Here's the truth about racial injustice. It is not just a Black America problem, or a people of color problem. It is a problem for every American. It is keeping us from fulfilling the promise of liberty and justice for all." Vice President Kamala Harris
"The outcome of a single trial is but a small step on the necessary journey of advancing racial justice. This is a moment to recommit ourselves to this imperative in our community and in the wider world. The racial justice initiatives we have undertaken at Stanford will be moving ahead with the strong backing of the entire Stanford leadership. Diverse backgrounds, talents and ideas are what make Stanford great. But diversity alone is not enough. True inclusion, equity and nondiscrimination are essential for our success as an institution. We remain fully committed to these objectives, and to advancing them with urgency." Stanford President Marc Tessier-Lavigne
Harassment & Hate Towards Asians, Asian Americans & Pacific Islanders during COVID-19
"Our Asian and Asian American students and scholars are an important part of our Stanford family and I am concerned that they may be feeling increased pressure or scrutiny at this time. I want to reaffirm that we stand in support of them, and all members of our community. The strength of our community comes from embracing our diversity and all that our varied perspectives and backgrounds bring to the table. The coronavirus affects us all — and it is more important than ever that we stand together to tackle the threat it poses to our world." President Marc Tessier-Lavigne. Stanford Student Affairs has gathered resources and information on its webpage Harassment & Hate Towards Asians, Asian Americans, and Pacific Islanders during COVID-19. Hateful speech expressed against any group based on their race, ethnicity or national origin has no place on our campus at any time. Should you witness or experience an Act of Intolerance, please report this conduct.
ASSU Infographics on Sexual Harassment Supportive Measures and Process Information
Students Jenna Wang, Mariana Giraldo, Elena Shao, and Jonathan Lipman led an ASSU-backed effort supported by Provost Drell to create infographics by students for students to provide help accessing resources and information following incidents of sexual harassment and sexual/relationship violence. The resources infographic provides information about accessing help and resources both within the university and in the community. The process infographic provides an overview of the university's procedures for responding to and investigating acts of sexual harassment and sexual/relationship violence. Thank you Jenna, Marian, Elena, and Jonathan for these excellent resources.
Pilot Sexual Harassment/Assault Procedures
Stanford has released two procedures for addressing sexual harassment/assault and relationship violence matters in violation of Administrative Guide 1.7.1, which do not meet the jurisdictional threshold of Title IX. The Sexual Harassment Assault Investigation and Hearing Procedure, or Share Hearing Procedure for Student and Faculty Respondents, applies to faculty and student respondents. The Sexual Harassment, Sexual Assault, Relationship (Dating) Violence and Stalking Administrative Procedures for Student Complaints Against Staff and PostDoctoral Scholars, or SHARE Investigation Procedure for Staff and PostDoctoral Scholar Respondents, applies to matters in which a student complainant is bringing forward a concern against a staff member or PostDoctoral scholar. The Title IX Procedure applies to all respondents under circumstances in which the misconduct meets the jurisdictional threshold of the federal regulations implementing Title IX. Two updates were made to the procedures on October 26, 2020; the title of each procedure was expanded to identify respondents covered under its scope (e.g., student, faculty, staff, postdoctoral scholar), and the jurisdiction language was clarified.
Pilot Title IX Procedure
On August 14, 2020, Stanford issued its Title IX Procedure to comply with federal regulations issued on May 6, 2020 by the Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights. Title IX is a federal law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in education. While complying with the federal regulations, the pilot procedure reflects the input of Stanford students, faculty, staff, and affiliates. The week of August 17 Stanford will post additional information about the Title IX Procedure, including an overview of comments received on a draft procedure issued on August 4, and the changes made in response to the feedback. Thank you to everyone who provided input on the development of this procedure and for continued engagement on sexual harassment and sexual assault prevention and response. For more information, see the FAQ document.
Black Lives Matter
Institutional Equity and Access is committed to engaging across campus to support anti-racism. We stand in solidarity with our Black communities. We will remain committed to the efforts of social justice beyond any given news cycle. As a unit we will hold ourselves accountable for examining our own efforts to contribute to a just and equitable campus community and we will lend our voices to making positive change on campus.
Stanford University is continually monitoring the status of COVID-19, also called novel coronavirus, with the health and well-being of our community firmly in mind. You will find the latest Stanford information about COVID-19 and related Stanford resources at healthalerts.stanford.edu. Also, it is important that we each take care of ourselves while we assist in individual and community efforts to prevent further spread of this virus. Please refer to BeWell’s Guide to self-care: Coping with coronavirus.
Due to the evolving circumstances and recommendations regarding COVID-19, the IE&A Offices will be available during normal business hours for remote/virtual meetings and, in limited situations, face-to-face consultations. Please visit the individual offices below or this link, Sexual Violence Resources COVID-19, for more information on how to contact them.
Institutional Equity & Access is a division at Stanford led by Patrick Dunkley, Vice Provost for Institutional Equity, Access, and Community, and is comprised of three offices: Diversity & Access, Ombuds, the SHARE (Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Education). 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.
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 SHARE Title IX Office is the University’s central resource for combating, redressing, and preventing sexual harassment and violence experienced by Stanford community members. The SHARE Title IX Office brings together in collaboration the teams of the former Title IX, SHPO (Sexual Harassment Policy Office), and SARA (Sexual Assault Relationship Abuse Education & Response) offices.
Peacemaking is an Indigenous form of community building and dispute resolution that specifically focuses on strengthening and healing relationships. Led by our new Conflict Resolution Fellow, Peacemaking provides opportunities to navigate difficult conversations, especially those that relate to community well-being and continuing relationships.