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 27, 2017

In memory of Ben Barres, a personal tribute

As we mourn today the loss of our colleague and dear friend Ben Barres, I thought it would be fitting to share a piece that I wrote in tribute to Ben almost a year ago. I was honored to deliver it as an introduction to a symposium held in Ben’s honor on January 12, 2017.

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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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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 & Postdoctoral Affairs
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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