March 2, 2018

Provide your input!

Dear campus community,

Students and other members of our community often ask me how they can have a voice in decision making at the university.

One way of having a voice is by providing input when we have comment periods on important issues before the university. We have several comment periods under way right now, and I want to make sure you are aware of them:

  • Investment responsibility: The Board of Trustees and the Advisory Panel on Investment Responsibility and Licensing have begun a review of the university’s Statement on Investment Responsibility and are seeking your input. More information and a feedback form are available on the Investment Responsibility Stakeholder Relations website.
  • Campus names: The Advisory Committee on Renaming Principles has drafted recommendations for how Stanford should approach reconsidering the name of a building or site on campus. The committee has launched a comment period for community feedback, extending through Thursday, March 8. In addition, there will be a community open house on the subject on Tuesday, March 6, from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Tresidder Oak Lounge. The draft recommendations and a feedback form are available on the web.
  • Title IX and sexual harassment: The Advisory Committee on Sexual Assault Policies and Practices, a committee of students and faculty, continues to welcome input on Stanford’s pilot Student Title IX Process and strategies for combatting sexual violence as a whole. It also welcomes input on the first Annual Title IX/Sexual Harassment Report that was issued earlier this week. More information and a feedback form are available on the web.

Also, I want to remind students that President Marc Tessier-Lavigne, Senior Vice Provost Harry Elam, Vice Provost Susie Brubaker-Cole, Vice Provost Patricia Gumport and I each offer office hours and other opportunities to meet with students. You can find scheduling and contact information on our respective websites.

Marc and I also will be holding two upcoming discussions open to anyone in the campus community, focusing largely on the long-range planning process. The first will be Tuesday, March 6, at 11 a.m. at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research (SIEPR). The second, for our staff at Porter Drive, will be Thursday, March 8, at 9 a.m. in the Pacific Ocean conference room at 3160 Porter Drive.

We hope you’ll participate in some of these opportunities. Thanks for everything you do to help advance Stanford and our campus community.