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

Ten Year Up Interns Join Stanford to Begin a Life-Changing Journey

Please welcome this wonderful group of individuals as they soar to greater heights at Stanford. 

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Maria Inciong Shares Lessons Learned From a 23-Year Career at Stanford

On May 4, Maria Inciong, Director of Technology Solutions Alignment in University IT’s Enterprise Technology group, shared lessons she has learned through her 23-year career at Stanford in an event entitled “The Career Journey of an Asian American at Stanford.”

Conversations with Extraordinary Leaders in Neurodiversity

Extraordinary Leaders in Neurodiversity Inspire Change in the Workplace

Four extraordinary leaders passionate about changing the employment landscape for our neurodiverse friends and colleagues shared their insights and experiences.

Upcoming Events

  • October 27, 2021

    POC-IT #IamRemarkable Workshop

    Zoom (details in registration)

    #IamRemarkable is a worldwide Google initiative that strives to empower everyone, particularly women and underrepresented groups, to celebrate their achievements in the workplace and beyond.
  • November 4, 2021

    POC-IT: ExCITE Event

    Zoom (details in registration)

    The Explore Careers In Technology Event (ExCITE) is a quarterly event sponsored by the CIO Council and the People of Color in Technology (POC-IT) affinity group. ExCITE is focused on career advancement and increasing internal DEI hiring within the Stanford technology community.
  • November 16, 2021

    Neurodiversity Awareness Brown Bag Session

    Zoom (details in registration)

    Sign up for a 90-minute "brown bag" educational session to learn about neurodiversity in the workplace, and the Neurodiversity in IT Program and earn a BeWell Berry!

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