One of our most important university-wide goals is to promote diversity and inclusion. We want to ensure that diversity of thought, experience and approach is represented in all aspects of our education and research mission and that a diversity of cultures, races and ethnicities, genders, beliefs, abilities and identities is thriving on our campus.
Yesterday, I joined Provost Drell, Redwood City Mayor Ian Bain, and other leaders from Redwood City, San Mateo County, and Stanford to officially open Stanford’s Redwood City campus. This was a historic moment, marking our first significant footprint outside of the main campus and a strategic investment in Stanford’s future.
We are writing to provide a further update to our community on the steps Stanford is taking to respond to the recent admissions fraud scheme. We know that this episode has jarred the trust of many Americans in the college admissions process, and it has prompted many questions from the Stanford community. We are determined to take the right steps at Stanford to ensure the integrity of our process and to work toward rebuilding that trust.
We write to express our shock and deep sorrow following today’s attack on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. Our profound sympathies and support go out to the families and loved ones of the victims, and to all members of the Muslim community in New Zealand and around the world.
We write with great sadness to acknowledge the recent deaths of two graduate students, and the sense of loss and grief across our university community. We would like to provide an update on initiatives underway to address the struggles our students face, ranging from the academic and financial to the physical and psychological, and beyond.
Let us be clear: The conduct reported in this case is absolutely contrary to Stanford’s values, and to the norms this university has lived by for decades. Today’s news is a shock exactly because it so clearly violates our institutional expectations for ethical conduct.