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Stanford Doerr School of Sustainability Policy on Respectful and Inclusive Behavior

The Stanford Doerr School of Sustainability is committed to a respectful and inclusive workplace that provides an intellectual, collegial, and productive working environment that supports research, collaboration, teaching, and learning.  We share on these web pages our expectations and guidelines for creating a robust culture of inclusion.

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We Value

  • Excellence, integrity, and transparency in science, the discovery of new knowledge, and sharing knowledge through teaching and outreach not only in our fields of study but in our everyday lives;
  • Diversity of human experiences and perspectives across gender identity and expression, age, culture, race and ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion, ability, and class status, and across academic disciplines at all levels;
  • Collaboration and the fostering of collegial and productive relationships among students, staff, and the faculty that empower our individual contributions to the success of the School and community;
  • Respect and courtesy in how we treat all members of the Stanford community, as well as collaborators, work groups, and others;
  • Accountability for the impact of our individual words and actions and, collectively, for the health, wellbeing, and success of our community;
  • Growth in our lives and through our work, committing to lifelong learning through humility, curiosity, and intellectual vitality;
  • Communication that is honest, professional, and constructive; that invites, makes space for, and values all voices.

These values and the practices that follow compose a living document. Every person brings unique qualities, talents and dignity to our Stanford Doerr School of Sustainability community and, through all voices, our efforts to build a respectful and inclusive workplace will evolve and improve. Feedback is welcome and may be directed to any member of the Stanford Doerr School of Sustainability DEI Governance Council.

This policy serves to reinforce and further explicate the expectations set forth in the Stanford University Code of Conduct. Should there be a conflict between this document and the University Code of Conduct, the University Code governs.

DEI Councils

The Stanford Doerr School of Sustainability DEI Councils are established as a platform for advocacy and partnership-building to address and strengthen Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Stanford Doerr School of Sustainability community. These councils regularly review the Policy on Respectful and Inclusive Behavior and act as a resource around awareness and school climate. Council members do not adjudicate incidents of harassment or inappropriate conduct, though its members may help connect to relevant reporting structures.

The Councils consist of two related entities — the Advisory and the Governance Council, each one fulfilling different functions and yet overlapping to collaboratively direct the School towards its DEI goals. The overarching roles of the Councils are to (1) provide a voice to the members of our community at the grassroots; (2) act as change agents for and within the School and (3) help institutionalize practices that support and accelerate DEI initiatives. 

Members (AY22-23)

Councils structure

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