Our Global Community
60% Students of Color
16% Students Living Outside U.S.
$2.5 Million Financial Aid Budget
48 U.S. States & 1 U.S. Territory Represented
42 Non-U.S. Countries of Residence Represented
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Belonging, & Access
EQUITY means ensuring that everyone has equal access to the opportunities that will help them thrive. Not everyone in a school community will have the same needs; schools can address equity by understanding the needs of each student and providing the tools or opportunities that will support their development.
INCLUSION refers to individual and institutional behaviors that show people they are accepted, respected, and valued. Inclusion helps ensure all community members have access to the benefits and opportunities the school provides. Inclusion is also closely related to belonging.
BELONGING refers to the emotional and experiential outcome of inclusion. All humans share the need to be taken in, cared-for, protected, and valued by a group, community, or organization. Belonging gives people a voice in a community, and encourages and enables them to contribute to it and to expect support from it as well.
ACCESS refers to the ways in which educational institutions and policies ensure that students have equal and equitable opportunities to take full advantage of their education. Increasing access requires schools to provide additional services or remove any actual or potential barriers that might prevent some students from equitable participation. Factors such as race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, disability, socio-economic status and geographical location may contribute to certain students having less “access” to educational opportunities than other students.
Instructors & Staff
Belonging at Stanford OHS
Nicole Varveris, Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Belonging & Access
“Acceptance, respect, inclusion, and support are the foundations of a strong sense of belonging within a learning environment. At Stanford Online High School, students and staff are encouraged to present the most authentic version of themselves, and we celebrate the diverse and intersectional identities that make up our community. “
Diversity at Stanford OHS
Student Organizations & Projects
Clubs & Circles
Student Groups focused on affirming identities such as gender, race, religion, mental health, and ability include:
- Asian and Pacific American Student Union (APASU)
- Black Student Union and Allies
- Chinese Language & Culture
- Disability Culture Club
- French Language & Culture Club
- Gen She Club
- Gender and Sexuality Alliance (GSA)
- Girls Can Code
- Korean Culture Club
- LatinX Student Alliance & Spanish Club
- Mental Health Awareness Club
- Multicultural Club
- Japanese Language & Culture Club
- Neurodivergence Club
- Queer Liberation Society
- Women in Leadership
- Women in STEM+ Club
Speakers & Special Events
We regularly host special events that prompt our students to reflect, learn, and act in inclusive ways. Recent guest speakers from outside of Stanford OHS have focused on topics ranging from transgender inclusion to slam poetry that encourages free expression.
Dine & Dialogues
Stanford OHS students and staff gather monthly for community wide Dine & Dialogues. These monthly events are an opportunity for students and staff to come together to learn and discuss DEIBA related topics and themes. Recent Dine & Dialogue topics include LGBTQ+ history, Hispanic Heritage, being an upstander, mental health and healthy masculinity.
Student Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Committee
The Student DEI Committee at Stanford OHS serves as the student voice for the schools diversity, equity and inclusion goals and efforts. This committee is made up of student leaders from a variety of identity affirming clubs and circles such as Black Student Union and Allies, Gender and Sexuality Alliance, LatinX Student Alliance, Disability Culture Club and Women in Stem+. The Student DEI committee meets monthly to discuss DEIBA related topics, plan for upcoming programming amongst their groups and form suggestions as to how to make Stanford OHS a more inclusive community.
NAIS Student Diversity and Leadership Conference
A handful of students each year are selected to attend the Student Diversity Leadership Conference (SDLC) affiliated with the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) People of Color Conference. SDLC is a multiracial, multicultural gathering of upper school student leaders from across the U.S and abroad. SDLC focuses on self-reflecting, forming allies, and building community. Participating students develop cross-cultural communication skills, design effective strategies for social justice practice through dialogue and the arts, and learn the foundations of allyship and networking principles
Instructor & Staff Leadership
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Committee
Led by the DEIBA Director, the DEI Committee at Stanford OHS works to enact the school’s strategic plan in areas of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Areas of focus include:
- Defining a concept of diversity which is relevant to the unique environment of Stanford OHS
- Continuously evaluating Stanford OHS’s current status on diversity and inclusion in its programs to find opportunities to make thoughtful changes and to expand discussions
- Touching on all aspects of the school, such as co-curricular programs, recruiting, curriculum, and counseling, measuring the current breadth and width of these programs in relation to DEIBA goals and identifying areas for growth
- Facilitating co-curricular activities such as clubs and Friday speakers to provide a wider range of perspectives
- Facilitating ongoing professional development for Stanford OHS instructors and staff to increase competencies in DEIBA practices
NAIS People of Color Conference
Every year a group of instructors and staff attend the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) People of Color Conference (PoCC). The PoCC is the flagship of NAIS’s commitment to equity and justice in teaching, learning, and organizational development. The conference's mission is to provide a safe space for leadership, professional development, and networking for people of color and allies of all backgrounds.
Stanford OHS is committed to providing ongoing DEI professional development to staff and instructors. In 2022, Stanford OHS staff and instructors participated in a workshop with Dr. Derrick Gay. Dr. Gay is a Diversity and Inclusion Strategist who consults with organizations to deepen D&I capacity; enhance inclusion, engagement, and design strategy to maximize education goals.
Stanford IDEAL Learning
A group of Stanford OHS instructors and staff completed the Stanford IDEAL Pedagogy program in 2021-22. This program provides a unified curriculum around inclusive and equitable pedagogy to represent all dimensions of diversity, promote student belonging, and equalize access for all students. Another group of instructors and staff will complete this program in 2022-23.
In addition, Stanford OHS instructors and staff are completing the Stanford IDEAL Learning Journey curriculum designed to cultivate inclusion in 2022-23. The Stanford IDEAL curriculum focuses on building awareness, strengthening skills and applying positive approaches in daily interactions to enhance feelings of respect and sense of belonging. Topics include implicit bias, debiasing techniques and allyship.
Timeline of Efforts
In 2017, Stanford Pre-Collegiate Studies, then the umbrella organization for Stanford Online High School, created the Director of Diversity and Outreach position.
In 2017, Stanford OHS formed the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee.
In 2019, Stanford OHS began the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) Assessment of Inclusion and Multiculturalism (AIM).
In 2020, Stanford OHS formed the Global Education Committee.
In 2021, Stanford OHS becomes a member of the Council of International Schools (CIS).
In 2022, Stanford OHS created the Stanford Middle School Scholars Program, instructing low-income middle school students in the skills needed to succeed in an academically rigorous college preparatory school.
In 2022, Stanford OHS created the Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Belonging and Access position.
"As families, students, staff, and instructors, we are individual “Pixels,” but when viewed together, we create a remarkable picture of global connection, bright and engaging young minds, and a spirit of innovation."