October 11, 2018

Reflecting on Tuesday’s White Plaza events

Susie Brubaker-Cole

Vice Provost for Student Affairs
Lauren Schoenthaler

Senior Associate Vice Provost for Institutional Equity and Access
At Stanford we believe that diversity of individual viewpoints and experiences makes us a stronger community. In such a community of diverse, passionate thinkers, conflicts of viewpoint are inevitable. On Tuesday this week, as you may have read, a number of students became involved in a set of altercations on White Plaza. Without pre-judging those events or the individuals involved, we would like to address the events from a community perspective.

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October 4, 2018

Preparing for our next climate survey

Persis Drell
In April, I wrote with the news that based on the recommendation of an advisory committee of students, faculty and staff, Stanford will be joining the student campus climate survey that will be administered by the Association of American Universities in the spring of 2019. I want to provide an update on our process to prepare for this survey.

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October 2, 2018

Support in challenging times

Susie Brubaker-Cole

Vice Provost for Student Affairs
Elizabeth Zacharias

Vice President for Human Resources
In the wake of last week’s testimony by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and Judge Brett Kavanaugh, we want to take a moment to share information about support resources available at Stanford for members of our community.

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September 24, 2018

Welcome to fall quarter!

We are delighted to welcome so many new and familiar faces to Stanford for the fall quarter. As we think about all that we have to look forward to in a new academic year, we are especially encouraged by the work going on around campus to build a strong and engaged Stanford community.

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September 21, 2018

Rethinking the conversation

Persis Drell
Last fall Marc and I launched Cardinal Conversations as an opportunity to advance the university’s commitment to the free exchange of ideas and to fostering an inclusive campus culture. Advancing both ideals together continues to be an imperative and a challenge for our community, and I want to update you on what we are doing for the coming year.

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September 18, 2018

Leland Scholars Program: preparing for success

Persis Drell
One of my favorite tasks during the summer is meeting the 60 students enrolled in the Leland Scholars Program (LSP). Started in 2011, LSP is a four-week residential transition program for incoming first-year undergraduates who are the first in their families to attend college or who come from under-resourced schools.

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August 7, 2018

A Title IX case in the news

Persis Drell
I’ve spoken and written many times about our continuing efforts at Stanford to strengthen our work in preventing and responding to sexual assault, along with our efforts to share much more information about the cases heard in our adjudication process and their outcomes. Some of these issues also were addressed in a story in the San Francisco Chronicle last weekend. The story looked at a particular case that was heard in our Title IX process two years ago.

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June 11, 2018

Initiatives for graduate student families at Stanford and next steps

Patricia Gumport

Vice Provost for Graduate Education & Postdoctoral Affairs
I am delighted to announce significant initiatives that Stanford is undertaking to support graduate students who are parents, in order to alleviate stress and to enhance community-building.

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May 24, 2018

Discussing mental health

Susie Brubaker-Cole

Vice Provost for Student Affairs
I am writing to share with you the process by which we care for students who experience mental health issues. A recent lawsuit by several Stanford students has focused attention on how we address student mental health issues, and policies regarding leaves of absence and housing for students who are facing serious mental health issues.

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May 17, 2018

Envisioning Stanford’s future

This afternoon at the annual meeting of the Academic Council, we presented a high-level vision for Stanford’s future, building on the input of many hundreds of people from across the university community over the last year. We’re excited to share this vision with our community. We believe it reflects the optimistic, pioneering, energetic spirit of a community eager to strengthen Stanford’s foundations and to expand its contributions.

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