December 3, 2018

Advancing sustainability at Stanford

Stanford has announced today that we are building a new solar plant to power our campus and reduce Stanford's carbon footprint. The new plant, combined with our existing solar generating systems, will allow the university to complete its transition to 100 percent renewable electricity by 2021.

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November 16, 2018

On the Education Department’s proposed Title IX rules

Persis Drell
As you may have read, the U.S. Department of Education has issued proposed new rules for colleges and universities to use in managing Title IX cases. We welcome the opportunity to provide input to the federal government on the proposed new rules. And we fully intend to continue our efforts to reject sexual violence in our community, to support survivors, to hold perpetrators accountable and to have fair adjudication processes.

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November 6, 2018

Civic engagement on Election Day and beyond

I want to take this moment, on Election Day, to encourage each and every eligible member of the Stanford community to cast your vote, if you haven’t already. Voting is the bedrock of our democratic system, and it is an essential way to support the issues you care about.

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October 28, 2018

Standing in solidarity

We write to express the horror and sorrow of the entire Stanford community at yesterday’s attack on worshippers at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh. We deeply value and support every member of our community, of every background and identity, here at Stanford. And we affirm our commitment to counter hatred in our nation, and to promote the fundamental values of our university and our nation that call for tolerance and mutual respect.

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October 24, 2018

Our commitment to gender identity and expression

Susie Brubaker-Cole

Vice Provost for Student Affairs
Elizabeth Zacharias

Vice President for Human Resources
On Sunday the New York Times published an article regarding a possibility that the federal definition of gender will be limited to a biological, immutable condition established at birth. We want you to know that no matter what happens at the federal level, the university will not waver from its own commitment to value people of all genders, gender identities and gender expressions.

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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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