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Stanford students and administrators have begun a series of collaborative discussions to address concerns related to diversity and inclusion raised by the Who’s Teaching Us coalition. This web page has been created to provide updates to the campus community on the discussions occurring and to report on the progress being made in exploring each of the five major areas of concern identified.

Please follow the links below to find updates on efforts that address each major area of concern.

Major Areas of Concern Raised by the Who’s Teaching Us Coalition

Initiatives for Graduate Student Families at Stanford and Next Steps

I am delighted to announce significant initiatives that Stanford is undertaking to support graduate students who are parents, in order to alleviate stress and to enhance community-building. In April we received a compelling report from the Student Families Working Advisory Group (SFWAG). The committee’s charge was to better understand the unique needs of our graduate students who are parents supporting families and to develop recommendations to address these needs in the near term and longer term.

Postdocs and affordability

Throughout the long-range planning process, we have been reminded of the great value that our postdoctoral scholars bring to faculty and to the university. Numerous submissions and white papers also highlighted the fact that postdocs face significant affordability challenges. In particular, the high cost and limited availability of housing and childcare were reported to be significant challenges. Marc Tessier-Lavigne and I will be sharing next steps on the long-range vision for Stanford later this month, addressing a wide range of issues across the university.

Q&A: Al Ashley Reflects on His Efforts to Diversify SLAC and Beyond

Over the 31 years that Al Ashley worked as a human resources representative at the Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, he pioneered many programs that promoted diversity and encouraged career development for employees and talented students. He established SLAC’s charter membership in the National Consortium for Graduate Degrees for Minorities in Science and Engineering. He also developed the SLAC Summer Science Research Program for underrepresented minority undergraduates in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Today, SLAC runs the Alonzo W.

Stanford’s resolution agreement with OCR

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. This process has been extremely helpful for Stanford as an institution. It has identified ways of further strengthening our policies and processes for members of our community.

Caught in The Political Churn

On September 5th, 2017, the Trump administration announced the rescission of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and set a date of March 5th, 2018 to begin phasing out the program. DACA, implemented under President Obama as an action of prosecutorial discretion in 2012, offers protection from deportation and work permits to approximately 700,000 young immigrants, often referred to as the DREAMers, who were brought to the United States as children.

Stanford’s commitments to undocumented students

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. As I write this, we do not have clarity about the path ahead. The Trump administration had indicated it would end the DACA program effective March 5. Discussions in Congress about a replacement program have been unsuccessful so far.


Attorney General Jeff Session’s announcement that the Trump administration is ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program came as no real surprise. This is what Donald Trump promised to do if elected president. But let’s be honest. The DACA program was always a stopgap measure instituted by President Obama because of Congress’s failure to fix our broken immigration system. For years, Congress batted around the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act, which would have provided immigrants who came as children a path to citizenship.

Q&A with Stanford Humanities Center fellow Charles Kronengold

Charles Kronengold is an assistant professor of music at Stanford University and was an internal faculty fellow at the Center this year. He teaches musicology and film at Stanford and has published widely on music, film, and aesthetics. He is the author of two books: Live Genres in Late Modernity: American Music of the Long 1970s and The James Bond Songs: Pop Anthems of Late Capitalism with Adrian Daub.


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