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Diversity Statement & Resources

Diversity Statement

The Department of Psychology at Stanford University is devoted to training scientists who will work to advance theory and to create knowledge that helps us address real-world problems.

Accomplishing this mission requires a broad range of perspectives and backgrounds. Diversity enriches both our department and the science of psychology.  We strive to cultivate an inclusive community that values diverse questions, viewpoints, approaches, and participant samples to foster ingenuity, challenge biases, and promote intellectual growth. 

Therefore, it is important to us to attract individuals with a wide range of backgrounds and experiences, including research assistants, undergraduate majors, PhD students, faculty, and staff. The Department seeks applicants from all races and ethnicities, genders, sexual orientations, ages, socioeconomic backgrounds, and religions.

Within the Psychology Department, our efforts to promote diversity are led by our Diversity Committee, a group of graduate students and faculty who coordinate and oversee continuing efforts to build our community. This commitment to diversity is part of a broader effort at Stanford that includes resources such as fellowship programs, social and cultural affinity groups, and funding opportunities.

Paths to PhD

Held annually, Paths to PhD is a free one-day information session and workshop for anyone considering applying to research positions and PhD programs. For more information and how to apply, visit the Paths to PhD page.

Department Request to Rename Jordan Hall and Remove Statue

The Psychology Department faculty submitted a request to the University to rename Jordan Hall and to remove the statue of Louis Agassiz from the front of the building. These features of our building have been a topic of concern within the Department for some time. In Fall 2019, the Department initiated a process to review Stanford’s and the Department’s values, to consider the nature of David Starr Jordan’s and Louis Agassiz’s specific behaviors, and to discuss what impacts these features of our environment are presently having on our community. On January 27, 2020, the faculty voted unanimously to request that the University change the building’s name and remove the statue. On April 6, 2020, we submitted the request through the formal mechanisms to the President’s Office. We look forward to working with the committee appointed by President Tessier-Lavigne as they consider our request.

For more information, see the April 20, 2020 article in Stanford News.

Resources for Prospective Applicants

Research Opportunity Programs for Undergraduates

CSLI Summer Internship Program

Summer Research Early Identification Program

Application Resources

Gateway for New Graduate Students

Graduate Application Fee Waiver

GRE Fee Waiver

Resources for Current Students and Postdoctoral Scholars

Centers & Organizations

Asian American Activities Center

Black Community Services Center

Center for Comparative Studies in Race & Ethnicity

El Centro Chicano y Latino

First-Generation and/or Low Income Partnership

LGBTQIA+ Health Care at Vaden

LGBT Community Resources Center

Native American Cultural Center

Office of Accessible Education

Stanford Title IX Office

The Markaz: Resource Center

Unofficial Guide to Trans* Life at Stanford

Women’s Community Center

Funding Sources

Diversifying Academia, Recruiting Excellence

Enhancing Diversity in Graduate Education

Mentoring Groups

Diversity Works

First-Gen Community Mentor Program (for undergraduates)

WISE/WISSH (for female graduate students and postdoctoral scholars)

Resources for Small Grants and Research Support

Diversity Dissertation Research Opportunity

Diversity Innovation Funds

Student Projects for Intellectual Community Enhancement