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Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Initiatives

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ICME faculty, students and staff strive to build a welcoming and inclusive community where people from diverse backgrounds thrive both scientifically and personally.  We believe that a commitment to diversity is a commitment to excellence. ICME supports a number of programs aimed at fostering a vibrant culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion. 

ICME Student Action Group

The ICME Student Action Group is a standing committee of ICME students. It includes both MS and PhD students organized in subcommittees to discuss MS and PhD specific topics. The Group consists of ICME student representatives that work alongside ICME Faculty and Staff on matters that concern the institute's educational mission, students’ life and the ICME community at large. These include, but are not limited to curriculum, research rotations, program requirements, qualifying exams, advisor-advisee relations, community events, student support.


Women in Math, Statistics, and Computational Engineering (WiMSCE)

Women in Math, Statistics, and Computational Engineering (WiMSCE, pronounced like “whimsy’’) is a student and faculty group at Stanford University established with the aim of retaining graduate women in higher education by providing opportunities to interact with their peers and mentors who are also conducting applied math research.

Spearheaded by Stanford Data Science & Sponsored by ICME

Women in Data Science (WiDS) Conference

The Women in Data Science (WiDS) initiative aims to inspire and educate data scientists worldwide, regardless of gender, and to support women in the field. WiDS started as a one-day technical conference at Stanford in November 2015. Five years later, WiDS is a global movement that includes a number of worldwide initiatives.

University & SoE Initiatives and Resources

School of Engineering

Equity & Inclusion Initiatives

The goal of Stanford Engineering’s Equity and Inclusion Initiatives is to ensure a more just and equitable educational experience. SoE strives to create a nurturing, welcoming and inclusive environment for individuals from a variety of backgrounds, perspectives and beliefs. 

School of Engineering

Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF)

SURF is designed to demystify the admissions process and give scholars a real feel for what it means to conduct research at the graduate level. The program provides students with housing, a meal plan, a travel stipend, and a stipend upon completion of the program. In addition, SURF students will have the opportunity to participate in a robust graduate school preparation program including a GRE preparation, excursions around the Bay Area, community-building activities, participation in a research poster symposium, and a strong mentorship component. 

School of Engineering

Womxn of Color in Engineering (WOCE)

WOCE (pronounced “woke”) is a new initiative that seeks to create opportunities to gather Womxn* of Color graduate students in the School of Engineering by supporting year-long student-led programmatic efforts and collaborations across campus. Anyone of any gender and from all backgrounds who support these goals is welcome to attend events and join the group. 

* "womxn” is an inclusive feminist term that encompasses people that identify as: female, femme, non-conforming, non-binary, and/or trans-people

Stanford University

IDEAL Initiatve

Through cross-campus initiatives, Stanford hopes to create an inclusive, accessible, diverse and equitable university for all our community members.