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Leveraging our community, building on excellence

We are committed to excellence in science, collaboration, and community. We believe that diversity, inclusion, and belonging are central to that commitment.  When we create an inclusive environment where differences are celebrated and people are empowered to be their authentic selves, curiosity-driven science and innovation thrive.

Bioengineering JEDI Taskforce

The Bioengineering department has a team representing each constituent group that makes up our department (faculty, staff, graduate students, post-doctoral students, undergraduate students and department leadership) working to improve justice, equity, diversity, inclusion and belonging in our community. This task force meets quarterly to collaborate and empower our department to pursue and invest in events and initiatives to positively impact our community. Representatives from the task force keep each affiliated group informed on what we are working on and likewise, represent ways to help and support each group in our community.  

Current BioE Taskforce Members (Internal)


Stanford BioE supports and strives to enrich all communities we belong to. From our energized students and faculty to our collaborative staff, we participate in initiatives and programs to positively impact life at Stanford and beyond. We help to create process improvement through professional development, support, and participation in university and school-wide programs, as well as sharing resources and collaborating with others in the Stanford community. We advance diversity, equity, and inclusion right here in our department and through connection with people and programs throughout School and University levels.  

  • LEADING PROCESS IMPROVEMENT Our staff have participated in multiple lean launch projects and pilot programs aimed at improving administrative and financial processes.
  • PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT Our department routinely sponsors participation in professional development activities for students and staff, including career and interpersonal skill coaching, conferences, and mentoring. Students lend a hand through undergraduate peer advising (internal link) and teaching assistant positions (internal link), boosting their own skills while supporting others.
  • ACADEMIC MENTORSHIP AND GUIDANCE Our faculty and staff are dedicated to providing mentorship and guidance for students to guide them successfully along their academic path. Students are provided with a multitude of support resources (internal link).
  • EXPANSION OF OUR WORK IN DIVERSITY, EQUITY, INCLUSION AND BELONGING through the BioE JEDI Taskforce and participation in university and school-wide programs such as the SoM Staff JEDI Collective and the Stanford IDEAL Learning Journey, our department does the work to support these efforts broadly to benefit all university faculty, staff, and students.

Stories and voices

Linny Le
Linny Le
Lead Research and Finance Administrator, Bioengineering

“ My job has always been a roller coaster – in a good way! ... ”

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Stanford University

IDEAL Initiatve

Stanford University has a campus-wide initiative, which serves as the focal point for our efforts to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion—in our own communities and also in the research and teaching programs that extend Stanford’s impact far beyond our campus.  

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School of Engineering

Equity & Inclusion Initiatives

We strive to create a nurturing, welcoming and inclusive environment for individuals from a variety of backgrounds, perspectives and beliefs. 


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School of Medicine

Diversity Is A Core Value

Our goal is to draw from people with a variety of backgrounds and life experiences to reach a new level of innovation in teaching, research and caring for patients.