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Inclusion, Diversity, Equity & Access in a Learning Environment (IDEAL) at the Office of the Vice Provost and Dean of Research

Who We Are

Our VPDoR Diversity Journey

  • We create a hub of innovation through the power of diversity of disciplines and people.

  • We provide equitable access and opportunity to all members of the community in order to do their best work, regardless of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

  • We listen to and value all colleagues who bring diverse perspectives to the advancement and development of a respectful community. 

  • We promote a culture of belonging, equity, and safety.

  • We embed these values in excellence of education, research, and operation.

Our Team

Adam Gorlick
Director of Communications and Public Affairs

Amanda Litty
Communications & Marketing Specialist

Amanda Wilson Bergado
Center for Spatial and Textual Analysis Operations
Center Manager

Benita Givens
Administrative Associate

Caprie Davenport (SOCA Chair)
Dean’s Office
Human Resources Associate

Carey deRafael
Director for Finance and Operations, Chief of Staff

Cheryl Cathey
Licensing Associate

Glennia Campbell
Director, Industrial Contracts Office

Haruko Makitani
Research Administrator

Heideh Fattaey
Executive Director

Javier F. Alcudia
Wu Tsai
Director, NGVVC

Jennifer Wong
Research and Financial Admin

Keri Pennebaker
HR Coordinator

Laraib Baig (SOCA Co-Chair)
Dean’s Office
Coordinator, Research IT & Innovation

LeAnne Amoroso
Health Physicist

May Varlaro
Faculty Admin

Mia Sibug
Associate Director, Business Operations

Monette Clemons
ChEM-H/Wu Tsai
Administrative Associate

Patrisha Cherry
Dosimetry Coordinator

Paula Wetzel
Research Admin

Sonal Singh
Administrative Associate

Wilson Eng
ChEM-H/Wu Tsai
Facilities Manager

Zach Chandler
Dean’s Office
Director, Research Information Tech and Innovation

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Sponsored by

Serena Rao
Senior Associate Dean
Finance & Administration

Kam Moler
Vice Provost and Dean of Research

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Staff of Color Affinity (SOCA)

SOCA Committee Charge

This committee consists of twenty-three members within the Vice Provost and Dean of Research. This committee represents the VPDoR on matters of diversity, equity, and inclusion. It will work to provide guidance and feedback surrounding retention, talent, support and community building, and, at its discretion, makes recommendations for improvement in specific practices and general policy. It further serves as a liaison between individuals having concerns related to diversity, equity, and inclusion at the DoR and its units, providing, at its discretion, advice and guidance when requested. 

This committee also represents the DoR on all matters concerned with staff diversity, equity, and inclusion, including efforts to increase the number of recruits from underrepresented groups who enter the workforce and professional programs. In this regard, the committee will promote efforts to support these staff members in the success of their growth and development while at the DoR by way of mentorship opportunities and other efforts. The committee may initiate evaluations of the effects of administration and policies and practices on staff diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Subcommittee Definitions

Listening sessions

Objective: Create a safer space for people of color to say what they want and believe and for others to listen to their experience and perspective

Recruitment/Talent pipeline

Objective: Make more efforts to recruit and develop POCs 

Community building

Objective: Foster a community where equity and inclusion is a respected core value.

If you are a staff member in VPDoR, please use this link to self-nominate for SOCA.


  • Comfort Zone Session - Tuesday, September 14th
    • 2:00PM - 3:30PM
  • Fall Quarter Listening Session - Wednesday, October 6th
    • 2:00PM - 3:00PM


If you are interested in staying up to date with SOCA and other diversity related events hosted by Stanford, sign up for SOCA’s community mailing list here

To partner with us on a DEI related event, please reach out to the SOCA Chair and Co-Chair, Caprie Davenport (capried@stanford.edu) and Laraib Baig (lbaig@stanford.edu).