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Graduate Coalition for Disability and Chronic Illness (GCDI)

GCDI (founded 2020) seeks to fill this gap by providing community and advocating for graduate students in the biosciences with disabilities and/or chronic illness.

Contact Bgoolsby [at] (Bgoolsby[at]stanford[dot]edu) & astarr97 [at] (astarr97[at]stanford[dot]edu) for more information.


Science Bus

Science Bus is an after-school program to inspire enthusiasm about science and provide mentorship from scientists. We teach hands-on experiments to students in grades 2-5 at East Palo Alto Charter School (EPACS).

Contact shaykeda [at] (shaykeda[at]stanford[dot]edu) or adityam2 [at] (adityam2[at]stanford[dot]edu) for more information.


Scientists Speak Up

The mission of Scientists Speak up is to train students to effectively communicate and advocate around controversial scientific topics (i.e., vaccination, climate change). We offer communication workshops, community discussions, and meetings, where we network with scientists and science advocates from various disciplines and cooperate to make a collective impact. Website Link:


Parents in Academia

Parents in Academia aims to foster community and resource sharing among students and postdocs with children. We host near-monthly events (with food!) discussing difficult topics like finding affordable childcare, balancing academic and parental duties, and confronting maternal wall bias. We have compiled resources which are posted on the SURPAS website and Student Parent Alliance website. We collaborate with GLO to integrate our programming permanently into the university framework, SURPAS family committee to reach postdoc families, and with Student Parent Alliance to advocate for unmet student parent needs. Please subscribe to our announcements here or contact Lindsey Meservey at lmm5 [at] (lmm5[at]stanford[dot]edu) if you are willing to help with events or student parent advocacy!


Conservation evenings

Conservation evenings are a way for Stanford students to give back to the lands we live on by performing hands-on, necessary conservation work on local areas like the Stanford dish and Lake Lagunita. We work in partnership with the experts at Stanford’s conservation office to weed invasives and plant natives with the goal of supporting local wildlife and stabilizing our local ecosystems. Events are held Thursday evenings 4-6pm (as of 2023). To hear about future conservation events in the evenings and beyond, subscribe to our mailing list conservation-evenings [at] (conservation-evenings[at]lists[dot]stanford[dot]edu) at this link or contact sfrail [at] (sfrail[at]stanford[dot]edu)


The Community College Outreach Program (CCOP)

Unlike students at 4-year universities, community college students do not have research opportunities on their college campus. Community college students, on average, are demographically more diverse than students at 4-year universities. Undergraduate research strongly correlates with success in STEM; thus, providing research opportunities to community college students is a promising mechanism to promote equality and increase talent and diversity within the scientific community. The Community College Outreach Program helps to bring these opportunities to community college students partnering them with Stanford research mentors for part-time and full-time research internships. In addition, CCOP hosts a virtual mentorship and professional development bootcamp for community college students. If you are interested in being a mentor for a community college student in either a research internship or as part of the virtual bootcamp, fill out our mentor interest form. If you are interested in getting involved in the CCOP leadership team to help us maintain and expand the program, please fill out our leadership team interest form. For further questions, please contact either sfrail [at] (sfrail[at]stanford[dot]edu) or magajan [at] (magajan[at]stanford[dot]edu)