The Michelle R. Clayman Institute for Gender Research creates knowledge and seeks to implement change that promotes gender equality at Stanford, nationally, and internationally.
Since its founding in 1974, the Institute has offered many programs to further gender equality. We set a broad research agenda, translate gender research, convene interdisciplinary networks of scholars and advocates, empower women's voices and educate students. The Institute is based at Serra House, which has been its home since 1979.
Queer Student Resources Center
Stanford's award-winning center provides a warm and welcoming space for the extremely diverse population of students celebrating, questioning, investigating, and struggling with sexual orientation and/or gender identity. The Queer Student Resources Center at QSpot is a great place to relax, study, check email, browse books and magazines, watch films, or converse with queer and allied students. Stanford topped the list of Princeton Review's LGBT-friendly campuses and won the President's Award for Excellence through Diversity.
In addition to mentoring student staff and directing the Center's programmatic functions, QSR Staff partner with appropriate university offices to provide coaching, individual case management, and referrals to students in need. Objectives are to provide direct support to students struggling with the range of academic, familial, psychological, interpersonal, spiritual, and ethical challenges surrounding sexual orientation and gender identity and to ensure that university policies and practices help them to develop intellectually, emotionally, and professionally.
Women's Community Center
The Stanford Women’s Community Center (WCC), within the division of Student Affairs, is a dynamic and welcoming space that facilitates the success of women students at Stanford by providing innovative opportunities for scholarship, leadership, and activism. Every year, WCC student staff implement a variety of programs and initiatives that address issues of social justice and gender at Stanford and beyond, including the Women at Work series; the Feminist Narratives series; the Stanford Women’s Leadership Conference in early spring; programs supporting women in science, technology, engineering, and math; the Men & Masculinities Project; and many more. The WCC also serves as a hub for Women’s Voluntary Student Organizations (WVSOs), extracurricular academic, political, and social groups focused on needs and issues regarding women and gender.
Black Community Services Center
The Black Community Services Center focuses on the holistic development of our students, all of which aligns with our five pillars that include the following: academic / intellectual, alumni engagement, community building, leadership development, and mental health and well-being. The BCSC's programming is very extensive and includes the Ernest Houston Johnson Scholars Program, a 2-quarter mentorship program / course for frosh; the Annual Academic & Community Awards Ceremony (over 30 years old), a celebration of students’ academic achievements along with faculty, staff, student organizations, and student leaders who have done exceptional work to uplift, empower, and serve the community; and the annual Black Graduation Ceremony (over 40 years old), an annual event held in June to commemorate the many achievements of Stanford's Black graduating students with family and friends. These are just a few of the many programs put on by the BCSC. Currently the Black House provides academic advising and support, leadership development, and training for over 30 Black Voluntary Student Organizations (BVSOs). The BCSC supports the Black Staff Alliance (BSA), community service outreach, and various cultural and educational programs.