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Diversity & Advocacy Committee (DAC)

The Diversity & Advocacy Committee works to support inclusion, openness and multiplicity within the Stanford community.

We are recruiting a leader for our diversity programming taskforce. The role will come with a small stipend and will give you the opportunity to design and implement programming that supports inclusivity and multiplicity in our community.

**If you are interested in community organizing consider being part of the Diversity & Advocacy Committee by joining the DAC Core. Also check out the DAC Calendar.

Upcoming with the DAC

  • DAC Mental Health Advocacy Meeting on October 15, 2018 (ASSU Offices in Old Union)
  • Mental Health Advocacy Townhall on October 17, 2018 (GSC Havana Room)


The Graduate Student Council Diversity and Advocacy Committee (DAC) aims to increase diversity within the graduate student community by initiating/facilitating events and advocacy efforts (a.k.a. "projects") that achieve the following

  1. Increasing diversity of graduate student admission pool;
  2. Building vibrant and supportive communities for graduate students from underrepresented groups;
  3. Establishing and/or enhancing inter-community dialogue and interactions; and
  4. Educating the broader graduate student population on relevant histories, activities and issues pertaining to underrepresented communities.

All DAC projects must adhere to the University's Fundamental Standard.

Current DAC Leaderhip

  • Co-Chairs: Caitlin Handron & Kristin Wilson
  • GSC Liaison: Kari Barclay
  • Alumni Advisors: Eduardo Munoz-Munoz
  • VPGE Diversity Steering Committee (DSC): Vanessa Guerrero, Thao Nguyen, Frank Mondelli, Rachel Reed

The DAC Core

The DAC Core comprises a group of students who plan and reflect on projects related to the DAC's mandate. Thanks to generous funding from the Graduate Student Council and the Vice-Provost for Graduate Education, each year the DAC executies and co-sponsors a range of projects including our annual Diversity Month in April. You can get involved in the DAC core either as a part of a Task Force or as a Diversity Group Liaison.

As a Task Force Member you are expected to do the following:

  • Initiate and/or assist with at least one project
  • Attend monthly DAC Core Meetings
  • Work independently or in teams to make progress on your projects

The DAC currently has three Task Forces:

  • Environment: Issues pertaining to graduate qualify of life such as spaces, childcare and housing access.
  • Finance: Issues pertaining to graduate financing such as salaries, stipends, benefits, etc.
  • Inclusion & Diversity: Issues pertaining to underrepresented and marginalised groups on campus both at the staff and student level.

As a Diversity Group Liaison, you are expected to fulfill the following roles:

  • Be an elected leader or active member within a University-recognized diversity volunteer student organization (VSO), community center, or other recognized Stanford affiliate
  • Act as a liaison and communicate between the DAC and the group you represent
  • Participate and respond to DAC's request for input and either attend planning meetings or make alternative arrangements to ensure effective and timely communication of information
  • Advocate for the group you represent in collaborations with the DAC

**No previous experience in advocacy or event planning is necessary! Our goal is to provide a supportive environment for you to accomplish your projects and goals. 

DAC Mini-Grants

The Diversity & Advocacy Committee offers mini-grants to help you and/or your campus organization work towards a more diverse Stanford Community. Last year we funded 10 fantastic events and this year we plan to populate the Diversity Month event calendar with even more events so be sure to check our our page for updated information.

How does it work? If you have an idea for an event to be held in May 2018 for our Diversity Celebration, we will help you with our infrastructure for dissemination, expertise and funds. One application will receive a mini-grant of up to $1000 and 5+ will receive up to $400. If you are interested in receiving a grant, fill out our application here.

Contact Us

If you have any questions or comments, please email us at
To be connected with the DAC without becoming core members, please join our “friends of the DAC” mailing list!