Stanford People of Color in Technology (POC-IT) is a university-wide affinity group that advances representation, engagement, and support of people of any color in technology roles at Stanford.

While primarily aimed at university, SLAC, and Stanford Medicine staff who work or have an interest in technology roles, POC-IT also welcomes faculty and students, allies, and those in non-technology roles who are interested in participating.

This program is part of Stanford IDEAL IT, which provides innovative approaches for increasing diversity, inclusion, equity, and access across Stanford IT.

Statement of Solidarity and Commitment to Action

The Stanford CIO Council (CIOC) and the Stanford People of Color in Technology (POC-IT) affinity group stand in solidarity with the Black community at large and, specifically, at Stanford. Furthermore, we support transformative measures to increase representation and opportunities across the Stanford IT community for Blacks and other people of color. Read the full statement.

Recent News

Have you heard about the Explore Careers In Technology Event (ExCITE)?

The Explore Careers In Technology Event (ExCITE) is an 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.

Introducing the Elimination of Harmful Language Initiative Website

The Elimination of Harmful Language Initiative (EHLI) is a multi-phase, multi-year project to address harmful language in IT at Stanford. The EHLI website is geared toward helping individuals recognize and address potentially harmful language they may be using.

My Black History: Incomplete, Yet Optimistic

Eric Abrams, chief inclusion officer for Stanford’s Graduate School of Education, was the featured speaker for POC-IT’s Black History Month event held Feb.15, 2022. During his talk, he expressed hope that everyone would leave the event feeling both curiosity about Black history and optimism about the American experiment itself, admitting that optimism can be very hard to come by these days.

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We are partnering with the Year Up Internship Program at Stanford to offer a mentoring program for the Year Up Interns at Stanford. IDEAL IT members can take an active role in a young person's life to help guide and support them as they start their career in technology.

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