December 13, 2017

Leveraging Stanford's many strengths

Jennifer Widom

Dean, School of Engineering
In the School of Engineering we must continuously ask ourselves: Are we doing enough to encourage and enable students to take full advantage of Stanford’s breadth of excellence?

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November 28, 2017

Tax reform and graduate students

Patricia Gumport

Vice Provost for Graduate Education
Working collaboratively, the university and graduate students are actively advocating against Congressional tax provisions that would negatively impact higher education.

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November 28, 2017

Spotlight on sexual misconduct

Persis Drell
In recent weeks, there has been a spotlight on sexual assault and sexual misconduct perpetrated by individuals abusing their positions of authority and influence in every industry and organization, including higher education. Women are coming forward and their voices are being heard, including women who have been part of the Stanford community. It is a spotlight that I welcome.

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November 27, 2017

Sustainability: Now is not the time to slow down

Pamela Matson

Professor and Dean Emerita, Stanford Earth
In the midst of the long-range planning process led by President Tessier-Lavigne and Provost Drell, we’re asking what’s next for us as a purposeful university. There’s no doubt that part of the answer is to push faster and harder toward sustainability goals, and to help the rest of the world do so, too.

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November 16, 2017

An update on campus historical names

I'm writing to update the campus community on the Advisory Committee on the Use of Historical Names on Campus. I met with the committee on Monday to get an update on its progress. Yesterday, a group of students concerned about the process voiced their views in a campus march, and I met with representatives of the group last evening. I respect their views, and I want to discuss here how we intend to move forward and bring the process to conclusion.

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November 9, 2017

On the Robert Spencer event

Susie Brubaker-Cole

Vice Provost for Student Affairs
Jane Shaw

Dean for Religious Life
No statement made next week or beyond can undercut the fact that Muslim students, staff and faculty are an integral part of our community.

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November 7, 2017

Advancing free speech and inclusion

Like many of you, we have been following what has been going on at other campuses and in our own Stanford community around issues of speech and expression. We have been reflecting on how we at Stanford can advance both our unwavering commitment to the free expression of ideas and our equally steadfast goal of an inclusive community.

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November 1, 2017

Our work in Student Affairs

Susie Brubaker-Cole

Vice Provost for Student Affairs
It is such an honor to be the leader of the Student Affairs division. During my first month as vice provost, I have developed a deep appreciation for how our staff contribute meaningfully to our shared purpose, which is ensuring that all of our students thrive and succeed. 

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October 31, 2017

Strengthening community in the face of race hatred

Susie Brubaker-Cole

Vice Provost for Student Affairs
M. Elizabeth Magill

Dean of Stanford Law School
Last evening, during a community gathering to celebrate Diwali, white supremacist posters were posted in and around the law school and near the Stanford Bookstore by a group calling themselves Identity Evropa. They have come to the wrong place. The ideology of race hatred represented by Identity Evropa has no place here.

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October 26, 2017

Denouncing hate

Susie Brubaker-Cole

Vice Provost for Student Affairs
Jane Shaw

Dean for Religious Life
Last Saturday, a public safety officer discovered a swastika drawn on a pillar of the Graduate School of Business campus. We write to denounce in strongest possible terms the recent incursion of hateful speech into our campus community.

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