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.
In recent days, there has been more news from Washington about the effort to protect the students and others who have been covered under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program. I want to share a few things Stanford is doing both externally and internally at this very difficult time for many in our community.
We want to take the opportunity of a new fall quarter to extend a warm welcome to you, whether for the first time or once again. Yet as we write we are also reminded of the challenges facing some members of our community, with the announcement just hours ago of an updated travel ban affecting visitors to the United States from several countries.
Stanford has no intention of retreating, in any way, on the subject of sexual assault and harassment; we continue our commitment to move forward. Some thoughts following a speech delivered by the U.S. Secretary of Education regarding Title IX.
Following the decision by the federal administration to wind down the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, Stanford is urging congressional action in support of our country’s DREAMers. Here is the statement the university issued.
As the chief academic and budgetary officer of Stanford, Provost Drell oversees the university's instructional and research programs and coordinates campus administrative and support functions with academic purposes.