Posts by Persis Drell

April 10, 2018

Stanford's resolution agreement with OCR

Persis Drell
I am writing to share the news that Stanford has completed a resolution agreement with the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) of the U.S. Department of Education. This concludes an investigation that OCR has been conducting for the last three years regarding our response to sexual violence at Stanford and our compliance with Title IX.

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March 14, 2018

On the contemplative garden

Persis Drell
Questions continue to be asked by members of our community about a contemplative garden we built last summer at the site of a sexual assault that happened in January of 2015. I would like to correct any misimpressions that have arisen.

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March 2, 2018

Provide your input!

Persis Drell
Students and other members of our community often ask me how they can have a voice in decision making at the university. One way is by providing input when we have comment periods on important issues before the university. We have several comment periods under way right now.

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February 23, 2018

Stanford's commitments to undocumented students

Persis Drell
This continues to be a time of anxiety and uncertainty for many people in our country, as the federal government works to define a future for those who have been covered under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Stanford continues to stand in firm support of our community, including undocumented students.

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February 15, 2018

A letter on Cardinal Conversations

In a letter published in The Stanford Daily, we address student concerns regarding the Cardinal Conversations series and an appearance by Charles Murray.

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February 13, 2018

Expression and inclusion, part 2

Persis Drell
Multiple recent incidents on campus have underscored the depth of challenge we face in simultaneously ensuring inclusion and free expression. They call on us to embrace a higher level of awareness and engagement with others.

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February 1, 2018

The long-range planning white papers

We're excited to have reached today a new milestone in Stanford's long-range planning process: the release to the campus community of 37 white papers that summarize more than 2,800 ideas we received for guiding Stanford's future.

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January 29, 2018

Hoop Dreams: thoughts on diversifying our faculty

Persis Drell
Recently I met with Jennifer Widom, dean of the School of Engineering; Stacey Bent, the senior associate dean of engineering; and legendary Stanford women’s basketball coach Tara VanDerveer at the Faculty Club. The topic was the challenge of improving faculty diversity at Stanford.

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December 20, 2017

The tax bill and Stanford

The U.S. Senate and House of Representatives have passed tax reform legislation that now awaits the president's signature. For higher education, the final bill contains mixed news. At Stanford, our attention now turns to addressing the effects of this legislation on our community.

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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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