Postdocs are the future leaders of academia and industry alike. However, our community remains the least diverse trainee group at Stanford, compared to undergrads or grad students. In order to create an inclusive academic community, we absolutely must support and elevate the experiences of all our members, especially the ones that have been systemically minoritized and marginalized.

Our overarching mission is to 1) understand and support the needs of existing postdocs with minoritized and marginalized voices and experiences and 2) take steps to increase the diversity of the postdoc population.

Current projects and events

Someone like me, an inclusive mentoring program

We partnered with Stanford BioAIMS to develop Someone like me the first postdoc : senior (3+) graduate student mentoring program focused on supporting trainees from diverse and marginalized backgrounds. πŸ‘¨πŸΌβ€πŸŽ“πŸ‘©πŸΎβ€πŸŽ“πŸ‘¨πŸ»β€πŸŽ“πŸ‘©πŸ»β€πŸŽ“πŸ‘©πŸΌβ€πŸŽ“πŸ‘©πŸΏβ€πŸŽ“πŸ‘¨πŸΏβ€πŸŽ“πŸ‘¨πŸ½β€πŸŽ“πŸ‘©πŸ½β€πŸŽ“ This program is supported by a DIF grant from Stanford VPGE.

Read more here.

Diversity perspectives: Exploring Pathways to Career Success, an invited speaker seminar (hopefully series)

This seminar will bring a trainee-nominated speaker to campus to present a talk on their personal experiences of navigating diversity and inclusion in the academy. The event will also host an informal discussion between the speaker and trainees, and will include coffee and lunch meetings with students and postdoctoral scholars from diverse affinity groups. The seminar will be open to the entire campus community and provide valuable advice and personal perspectives on how underrepresented and marginalized individuals can navigate career-related hurdles, work productively with colleagues, mentors, and allies, and promote an inclusive and diverse culture at Stanford and beyond. Also in partnership with BioAIMS and supported by a DIF grant from Stanford VPGE.

Nominations for potential speakers will open soon!

Diversity conferences travel awards

SURPAS advocated for the increase of travel awards for postdocs to attend diversity-focused conferences such as SACNAS and ABRCMS. As a result, 6 postdocs will attend this year (an increase from 3 last year)! The new awards were graciously provided by Stanford VPGE.

Our goal is to empower postdocs to promote inclusion in academia by: 1. encouraging postdocs to become part of a supportive diverse scholar community; 2. facilitating postdoc engagement in mentorship of younger students nationwide; 3. recruiting graduate students to become postdocs at Stanford; 4. providing recognition for postdocs involved in diversity and inclusion initiatives, as well as a platform to promote their work.

Past projects and events

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Check out a recap of our work last year in this poster presented at the National Postdocs Association Conference 2018.