Diversity & Inclusion Initiative

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Women in Academic Medicine: Unique Challenges and Opportunities

Sept 28, 2020. During the Radiology Diversity Conference, Dr. Iris Gibbs of Stanford Radiation Oncology gave a keynote address on Women in Academic Medicine: Unique Challenges and Opportunities that is available to be viewed here>>

The “ISMS” Communicator: A Psychoeducational, Interactive Group

Thursdays, October 15, 22, and 29 from 1:00 – 2:30pm via Zoom

We hear so much today about the importance of conversations about “ISMS” and the challenges of having these conversations. This group will focus on communication skills we can practice to promote Acceptance, Inclusiveness, and Respect through conversations about Racism, Sexism, Ageism, Genderism, and other “ISMS” that we encounter. By participating in this group, you will:

• Increase awareness of personal biases that inhibit openness and connection

• Through skill building and practice, discover new ways to communicate and connect with people in the emotionally vulnerable territory of "isms"

• Develop tools for beginning and maintaining meaningful dialogue around the “isms” in a more compassionate way

Free and open to all faculty, staff, postdoctoral scholars and retirees of Stanford University, LPCH and Stanford Hospital and clinics. Eligible dependents may also attend.

Participants are expected to engage in all 3 sessions. A brief individual phone interview will take place prior to finalizing group participation.

Facilitators: Mary Foston-English, LMFT, CEAP and Amy Friedman, MBA, LMFT

Register for this workshop here>>

A Message from University Leadership on DACA

June 18, 2020. The U.S. Supreme Court decision regarding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy is welcome news. We continue to stand in firm support of our DACA community here at Stanford, and we are delighted that the Court allowed the program to remain in place.

The members of our DACA community are valued members of the Stanford community and are making important contributions to our work of education and research. We have steadfastly believed that investing in the education of DACA students is both the right thing to do as well as an investment in our country's future, as they apply their talents to strengthening our society and economy.

As you may have read, while the Court did not rule on the merits of DACA itself, it blocked the effort to bring an immediate end to the program, saying the Department of Homeland Security provided insufficient justification for doing so.

We continue to believe the best, most lasting way to support DACA recipients in our community and across the nation requires legislative action.

At Stanford, we have consistently urged White House and Congressional leadership to support the concepts embodied in the DREAM Act and to provide a legislative solution addressing the needs of DREAMers and DACA recipients. We also have supported DACA in the courts and undertaken an array of advocacy efforts supporting undocumented members of our community. Those efforts will continue.

We also remain committed to providing support and resources for those in our community who are undocumented. To find DACA resources click here. 

March for Racial Justice

Many in the Stanford Healthcare community gathered to march for racial equality on June 4th, 2020  We're proud to  be among those on  the front lines to advocate for humane treatment for everyone.

To learn more about Black Lives Matter resouces visit here.

Message from Department Leadership & the Inclusion Cabinet

It is with sadness and heavy hearts that we write to you about the ongoing events related to racial prejudice throughout our university, communities, and country.  We have heard of racially-driven incidents on campus, the tragic deaths of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and George Floyd, and are witnessing ongoing civil unrest across the nation.  At this time we believe it is important to highlight our values of respect and inclusion of all people.  Radiation Oncology and Stanford University denounce all hateful speech, images or actions.

The Department’s Inclusion Cabinet includes faculty, staff and trainees from both Stanford Healthcare and School of Medicine, and are available if anyone has a concern they would like to voice.  We recognize that this is an emotional time for you and we are here to listen.  You may reach out to any of our Cabinet members, your manager or any member of the department leadership team. In addition, resources for diversity support may be found here.

We will be having a Town Hall in the next week or so to discuss steps the department can take, as well as provide an open forum for people to raise concerns. We are also reaching out to some Human Resources and Diversity leaders to see if one of them can join our discussion. An invite will be coming out soon.

We encourage everyone to join together to heal the wounds of racial injustice and hate with open expression of tolerance, inclusion and love in your lives at work and at home.


Quynh Le, Fay Murray, Dan Chang, Keith McClain, Deepa Basava, and the Radiation Oncology Inclusion Cabinet

Dr. Kathleen Horst receives the Office of Faculty Development and Diversity Community Support Initiative Award

The Department of Radiation Oncology continues to recognize gender disparities and plans to create a program dedicated to facilitating networking events for women faculty and trainees. Our program will consist of bi-annual events aimed to connect women faculty, residents, and trainees professionally and personally, and seeks to foster role model relationships. Radiation Oncology includes 3 geographically separated divisions (Radiation Therapy, Physics, and Radiobiology), with 3 satellites in addition to our main site, and our program will promote camaraderie between all ranks and groups of women, and thus support the variety of issues experienced among women in the Department of Radiation Oncology.

Commitment to Diversity

All of our incoming residents are from groups underrepresented in Radiation Oncology & Medical Physics

Radiation Oncology: Claire Baniel, Santino Butler, Ages Ewongwo and Kekoa Taparra.

Medical Physics:   Sunan Cui and Mengying Shi.


The August 1st Red Journal podcast Red Journal podcast features a discussion of Black representation in radiation oncology. Guest panelists include:

  • Curtiland Deville, Jr., MD, of Johns Hopkins University; 
  • Iris Gibbs, MD, FACR, FASTRO, of Stanford University; 
  • Chelsea Pinnix, MD, PhD, of MD Anderson Cancer Center, and 
  • Special guest Freeman Hrabowski III, PhD, president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. 

This wide-ranging discussion about rationale and strategies related to diversity, representation and equity is moderated by Red Journal Deputy Editor Sue Yom, MD, PhD of the University of California, San Francisco.


IDEAL – Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access in a Learning Environment – is about the future of Stanford. IDEAL’s objective is to move the institution culturally to the future. The success of our teaching and research missions depend on doing this well. And if we can create positive change in these areas, then we will make Stanford better for everyone.