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Dear Friends,

Your support of the Children’s Fund is helping to create a more diverse research community on the Stanford campus.

Funded in large part by Children’s Fund gifts, the DRIVE (Diversity, Respect, and Inclusion are Vital for Excellence) in Research Pipeline Award program is intended to improve diversity of the maternal and child health research community through mentorship and training.

Diversity in research is a key component of innovation. By bringing new concepts and points of view to the table, diversity enhances the creative process and contributes to a culture of transformative scholarship.

Through the DRIVE program, underrepresented minorities and first generation or low-income Stanford undergraduates who are interested in biomedical research careers can receive stipends to work with established investigators.

This summer, the first 10 students supported by DRIVE paired up with faculty members to dive into maternal and child health-related projects. We look forward to the student presentations on August 25. To learn more, visit

These students will have a profound impact as they progress in their research careers. Thank you for making the DRIVE program possible!

With gratitude,
Mary B. Leonard, MD, MSCE
Arline and Pete Harman Professor and Chair, Department of Pediatrics
Director, Stanford Maternal and Child Health Research Institute
Stanford School of Medicine
Adalyn Jay Physician-In-Chief,
Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford

This article originally appeared in the Fall 2021 issue of the Children's Fund Update.