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.
One of the great joys of returning to Stanford has been attending our sporting events and getting to know some of our outstanding student-athletes. These dedicated students are all impressive, and some of the performances this fall have really stood out.
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.
On Wednesday, Persis and I held our first "Conversation with the President and Provost" of the new academic year. We started holding these sessions last year, and we have found them to be great opportunities to hear from a broad mix of students, faculty and staff about issues on their minds.
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.
Going to college for the first time is a momentous occasion in the life of any undergraduate. This past week I was thrilled to participate in two of my favorite Stanford traditions that seek to facilitate this transition: Move-In Day and the new undergraduate reception at Hoover House.
In my column in the September/October issue of Stanford Magazine, I focus on a key priority for Stanford: advancing access and affordability for our students. True to the spirit of our founding, Stanford has one of the most comprehensive undergraduate financial aid programs in higher education. But there’s more to be done.
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.