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Stanford joins amicus brief opposing revised travel ban

A group of 31 American universities, including Stanford, has filed a court brief with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit outlining the harm to the academic community from the March 6 executive order.

Stanford has joined 30 other universities in filing an amicus brief challenging the federal administration’s March 6 executive order on immigration, arguing that the travel ban imposed on people from six countries threatens the universities’ academic mission.

President, provost launch university-wide planning process

Stanford’s long-range planning process, launched this month, seeks broad input to collaboratively create a shared vision for the university that anticipates future trends and identifies key opportunities.

President Marc Tessier-Lavigne and Provost Persis Drell are inviting members of the Stanford community to become involved in a university-wide, long-range planning process to chart the future for Stanford in the decades to come.

Stanford continues working to provide information, support to international and immigrant communities

As the federal administration pursues new directives on immigration enforcement and international travel, the university continues a range of efforts to inform and support the Stanford community. A central website at provides resources.

Stanford is working to provide information and services – and to continue emphasizing the university’s support for all members of the campus community – as events continue to unfold around federal immigration policy.

Stanford’s support for our international and undocumented community

As events continue to unfold regarding federal immigration policy, Stanford leaders summarize the principles of the university's support for international and undocumented community members. Additional campus events and initiatives also are planned.

The past weekend brought anxiety, dismay and confusion for people in the academic community nationally and internationally as an executive order with new federal restrictions on travel to the United States was implemented.

Meet our faculty

Scholarship is at its best when it draws upon a diverse community. When individuals are exposed to novel perspectives from a broader group, their thoughts become more creative, and they generate innovative solutions they might not have otherwise considered. Here, Stanford faculty members share their breadth of life experiences and interests that fuel the dynamic learning environment on campus.

Harry Elam appointed vice president for the arts and senior vice provost for education

Harry Elam, vice provost for undergraduate education at Stanford since 2010, has been appointed to two additional key leadership roles in the Office of the President and Provost. He will now oversee the non-departmental arts programs as well as direct and coordinate critical efforts in education, President Marc Tessier-Lavigne and Provost-designate Persis Drell announced Monday.

Prepared remarks by Persis Drell at the ‘Reinvigorating Community: An Inauguration Day Gathering’ event

Hello. I am Persis. Every four years, we inaugurate a President, and every four years, I take this moment to reflect on what it means to be an American. For each of us, it means something different. I just want to share with you what it means to me. This is a personal story. Each of you will answer the questions I am about to address in a different way.

The first question I ask myself is: What do I mean when I say I am an American?

The Provost and the Diversity Cabinet announce the establishment of Stanford’s new Diversity and Inclusion Innovation Fund

The purpose of the fund is to support innovative initiatives that advance the diversity of Stanford’s community and foster inclusion. Faculty, students and staff are all invited to apply for projects ranging from small grants of $1,500 or more to larger grants for up to $20,000. The funds must be expended during the period of the grant - up to 24 months from award date. Project, program or research proposals should specify the aims of the enterprise, the method(s) of achieving those aims, and the anticipated outcomes.


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