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IDEAL Recent Accomplishments

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“To advance education, it is essential to be exposed to views and cultures other than one’s own and to have one’s opinions and assumptions discussed, debated, and challenged. Such engagement expands our horizons, promotes intellectual breadth, and enables understanding across differences. Recognizing this, we must clearly articulate why values such as embracing differences and ensuring equity of treatment are important to us, what goals we have set to advance our commitment to them, and the actions we will take to achieve these goals. The IDEAL initiative serves as the vehicle through which the university will do this.”

– Provost Jenny Martinez

The IDEAL project team began its work in fall 2018. The team is divided into four systems: Recruitment, Engagement, Education and Research. These four systems worked both independently and collaboratively to create a strategic plan to reach the goals of IDEAL.

In addition, Stanford’s seven schools have embarked on independent projects and programs to align with the goals of IDEAL. 

IDEAL Strategic Plan released September 27, 2023

IDEAL Systems Initiatives

Recruitment System

The Recruitment System covers all activities related to recruitment, starting with early outreach and ending with candidates committing to attend (for students) or accepting appointments (for staff, faculty and postdocs).


IDEAL dashboard

Research System

The objective of the Research System is to enable evidence, expertise and transparency to help achieve the goals of IDEAL at Stanford and beyond. The development and expansion of the IDEAL Dashboard is one of the system’s main projects.

Engagement System

Engagement begins after recruitment, at the moment when onboarding or orientation begins, and it continues until an individual is no longer formally connected to Stanford.

Education System

The Education System focuses on all the experiences associated with student research/learning and teaching across Stanford in credit-bearing courses and formal training environments.

School Initiatives