understand and support the needs of existing postdocs with minoritized voices and experiences;
take steps to increase the diversity of the postdoc population
Why It Matters?
Postdocs are the least diverse group at Stanford, among undergrads, grad students, and faculty.
What are We Working on?
Draft an Inclusion and Diversity Mission Statement/ Diversity White Paper/ Manifesto for postdocs/ academia; What is diversity?
Conduct campus climate survey to understand where members of the community stand on diversity/ inclusion issues and what their needs are
Identify ways to support minoritized postdocs at Stanford
Set up a mentorship program in which minoritized postdocs can be matched with faculty mentors; also a perhaps postdocs can serve as mentors to graduate students
Expand VPGE initiatives to actually encompass postdocs - grants/ awards
Have a diversity/ inclusion fair
Set up a support response plan to be ready to respond in crises situation involving discrimination or acts of hate
Initiate conversation with postdocs, administration and faculty on diversity-related issues - make people aware of the need for more inclusion in academia and ways they can be effective allies; help them find their motivations and biases
Advocate to increase recruitment and support of minoritized postdocs and scientists - special program; diversity fellowships
SURPAS Diversity & Inclusion Committee