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

Van Williams serves as the vice-chancellor of IT and vice-chancellor of Strategic Technology Initiatives at the University of California (UC) Santa Cruz.  

POC-IT Hosts Van Williams, Vice Chancellor of IT and Strategic Technology Initiatives at UC Santa Cruz

More than 245 people tuned in last week to hear UC Santa Cruz' Van Williams share his insights and experiences as an IT leader who is also a person of color.

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IT Community Welcomes Eight New Year Up Interns

The Stanford IT Community welcomed its fifth cohort of eight interns for roles in University IT (UIT), Land, Buildings & Real Estate (LBRE), Stanford University Libraries (SUL), and Humanities & Sciences (H&S).

Extraordinary Leaders Share Their Insights on Women in Technology

On Feb. 17, Anne Margulies, vice president and chief information officer at Harvard University, and Tracy Futhey, vice president and chief information officer at Duke University, kicked-off of the new event series titled “Conversations with Extraordinary Leaders."

Upcoming Events

  • April 20, 2021

    Conversations with Extraordinary Leaders in Neurodiversity

    Virtual Event: Register for Zoom Details

    Join us for the third event in the "Conversations with Extraordinary Leaders" speaker series. This event will be moderated by Michael Fox, CIO for Land, Buildings and Real Estate and co-sponsor for the Neurodiversity in IT Program. The panel will consist of leaders who are passionate about changing the employment landscape for our neurodiverse friends and colleagues.
  • April 27, 2021

    Stanford WIT Connect

    Zoom (details in registration)

    Despite gains for women in leadership, the “broken rung” is still a major barrier. Women continue to lose ground at the first step up to manager.
  • April 29, 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