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Stanford charges committee with developing implementation recommendations for proposal for new institute on study of race, ethnicity and society

Provost Persis Drell told the Faculty Senate Thursday that a committee has been charged with developing recommendations for a process to create a new institute on the study of race, ethnicity and society. The Faculty Senate also heard updates on the university’s response to COVID-19 and the state of graduate education and postdoctoral affairs, among other topics.

Stanford statement on DACA trial court decision

A federal judge in Texas on Friday, July 16, issued a ruling that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program is unlawful. The decision is likely to be appealed to higher courts, and it does not immediately affect individuals who currently have DACA status. However, the decision blocked the federal government’s approval of new DACA applications and renewals, although those who meet the requirements may still submit applications.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Survey opens next week

Dear Stanford community member,

During the week of May 10, you will receive an invitation to take part in the first-ever university-wide Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Survey. Part of the IDEAL initiative, the survey focuses on the individual experiences of community members at Stanford. Faculty, undergraduate and graduate students, students in the professional programs, postdoctoral scholars, staff and academic staff will be invited to participate.

Message from President Tessier-Lavigne: Confronting racial injustice

Dear Stanford community,

In recent days we have been painfully reliving the brutal death of George Floyd through the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin. Floyd’s death highlighted the countless instances of racial inequity and violence experienced by Black Americans and other people of color in this country. As the trial was occurring, we also received terrible news of the killings of Daunte Wright and Adam Toledo in encounters with police officers.

Stanford will rename campus spaces named for David Starr Jordan and relocate statue depicting Louis Agassiz

President Marc Tessier-Lavigne and the Board of Trustees approved a campus committee’s recommendation both to remove Jordan’s name from campus spaces and to take steps to make his multifaceted history better known. Stanford also will relocate a statue of Agassiz.

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