Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Envisioning and educating for a more just and inclusive future.

    Statement of Solidarity, Summer 2020
  • Statement of Solidarity, Summer 2020
  • DEI-related Projects and Goals, Fall and Winter 2020–21

Statement of Solidarity, Summer 2020

The Stanford Program on International and Cross-Cultural Education (SPICE) unequivocally condemns the systemic racism that permeates U.S. society and fully supports the recent calls for social justice and equity. 

Click below for reflections by the SPICE Director.

DEI-related Projects and Goals, Fall and Winter 2020–21

The Stanford Program on International and Cross-Cultural Education (SPICE) joins other university centers and programs at Stanford in condemning the police murder of George Floyd and countless others. As FSI Director Dr. Michael McFaul notes in his letter, “His murder has punctuated a long, tragic history of racial injustice and police violence targeted at the Black community. This moment calls for all of us to reassess our work and how we can move our local community, nation and the world to achieve racial justice.”

SPICE serves as a bridge between FSI and K–12 schools and community colleges and the SPICE staff agrees to do more to help move our local community, nation, and the world to achieve racial justice. SPICE works in three areas: (1) curriculum development; (2) teacher professional development; and (3) online course offerings. Below are a few recent efforts that SPICE has made with the goal of achieving racial justice.

Curriculum: SPICE has recently launched an interactive website called “What Does It Mean to Be an American?” It focuses on topics like civil liberties & equity, civic engagement, and justice & reconciliation and includes videos called “What Does It Mean to Be a Young Black Man in America?” and “What It Means to Be Muslim American.” Student reflections on the website were featured in articles on December 8, 2020 and January 19, 2021. This article series will continue in 2021.

SPICE will be collaborating with the Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC) to introduce underrepresented minority high school students to issues in international security and increase awareness of career opportunities available in international security.

Teacher Professional Development: Given the pandemic, SPICE has transitioned its teacher professional development seminars to online webinars. Two recent webinars have been “Angel Island Immigration Station: The Hidden History,” which focused on Chinese immigration to the United States in the early to mid-20th century; and “Visualizing the Essential: Mexicans in the U.S. Agricultural Workforce,” which focused in large part on the Bracero Program. SPICE is in the midst of planning more webinars that focus on the contributions of the BIPOC community.

Online Course Offerings: SPICE currently offers three courses (on China, Japan, and Korea) for high school students in the United States and courses for students in Japan and China. SPICE seeks to broaden its offerings in the United States.


SPICE pledges to do the following:

  • In its recruitment of students for SPICE’s online classes, we will redouble our efforts to recruit from diverse areas throughout the United States.
  • SPICE will seek to increase the diversity of the teachers who attend its teacher professional development seminars.
  • SPICE will seek to expand the diversity of the students who enroll in its online course offerings.
  • SPICE will continue to host webinars that focus on diversity.
  • SPICE will continue to explore—with the FSI REDI Task Force—additional outreach activities that focus on enhancing diversity at FSI.