Diversity Perspectives Seminar Series


Inaugural Event

April 18, 2019


Dr. Penn earned his B.S. from Morehouse College and his M.D.-Ph.D. at UCSF. Michael left UCSF to work at Genentech in Marketing and Business Development roles for the next 9 years and was then recruited to become a Vice President at the Gladstone Institutes, focusing on diversity, mentoring, and strategy; then served as CEO of the Gladstone Foundation. He is also a co-author of Finding Your North and co-founder of the non-profit, Building Diversity in Science.  In 2017, Michael moved on to tackle some independent ventures, including founding Health Equity Ventures--an emerging venture fund, consulting for UCSF and advising digital health startups. His sole focus is on enabling the development of talent, technologies, and companies that enable wellbeing for all, especially vulnerable populations.


Mission Statement

The Diversity Perspectives Seminar Series is a trainee-hosted event that contributes to the ongoing, university-wide discussion on diversity and inclusion in academia. Each speaker visit will also provide opportunities for marginalized trainees to share personal experiences and discuss strategies for navigating the increasingly-competitive job market.

A key objective is to provide cross-disciplinary and cross-cultural interactions between diverse trainees to enable postdoctoral scholars and graduate students to share, learn about, and improve the experiences of currently marginalized members of the Stanford community.


Current Planning Team


Amy Fan

Immunology PhD Candidate


Hannah Giasson

Psychology Postdoc


Matt Gebbie

Material Sciences & Engineering Postdoc

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