IDEAL IT is a CIO Council-sponsored program that promotes and advances the Stanford Presidential IDEAL initiative within the IT Community at Stanford. IDEAL stands for Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access in a Learning Community, and is a cornerstone of Stanford’s diversity initiatives.

The sub-programs that make up IDEAL IT reflect our commitment to providing opportunities where individuals with diverse backgrounds can collaborate, grow, and excel across different functions and disciplines.

Recent News

Amplifying Allyship as Part of IDEAL IT

Starting this fall, IDEAL IT will pilot Allyship at Work, an educational training program developed by Lean In that empowers people to take meaningful action and build an inclusive workplace culture. The Allyship at Work program will be a series of virtual workshops and guided discussion groups.

internship: goal, skills, mentoring, opportunity, knowledge, practice

Stanford’s Year Up Community Continues to Grow

For the fourth year in a row, the Year Up Internship Program and Stanford IT community has hosted Year Up interns. In August, we welcomed 16 new interns!

Dr. Ayodele Thomas

Dr. Ayodele Thomas: Reflections on Juneteenth

Earlier this summer, Dr. Ayodele Thomas spoke to staff in Business Affairs in celebration of Juneteenth. She shared her deeply personal connection to this commemoration of the ending of legal slavery in the United States and celebration of both African-American freedom and achievement.

Upcoming Events

Accessibility in IT

A program that focuses on building awareness, allyship, and accountability around digital accessibility at Stanford.

Neurodiversity in IT

A Stanford University pilot program that attracts, recruits, and supports neurodiverse employees in the IT Community.

Year Up Internship Program

A program that creates internships in Stanford IT for young adults from underprivileged and economically disadvantaged communities.

Stanford Women in Technology (Stanford WIT)

An affinity group for women in technology that advances gender representation, engagement, and support in the Stanford IT community.

Stanford People of Color in Technology (POC-IT)

An affinity group that advances representation, engagement, and support for people of color in technology roles at Stanford.

IDEAL IT Foundations

A sub-program that focuses on strategic planning efforts, diversifying recruitment, and increasing overall cultural awareness in the Stanford IT community.

Diversity and inclusion are essential to Stanford’s strength. A university depends, at its core, on the free and open exchange of ideas in a culture of mutual respect. It also depends upon the participation and inclusion of people of all backgrounds, races, genders, identities, ideologies, and ways of thinking.

Marc Tessier-Lavigne, Stanford President

Our goal is to recruit, retain, and develop extraordinary people in our IT community at Stanford. Foundational to that is fostering a diverse and inclusive environment where talented staff can thrive.

Steve Gallagher, Stanford Chief Information Officer