Our application imagined a theme house which removes recreation from the spotlight in favor of education, reflection, and action. We believe deeply that spending time in nature makes us healthier and happier, helps us become better people, and can form relationships that last a lifetime.
The Cops off Campus Coalition’s May 3rd Day of Refusal is a chance to exercise power where it truly lies: with the people. By withdrawing our labor as students and workers, we re-center the conversation around abolition.
The 325 survey responses can help us better understand the concerns of the student body, especially during a year when the majority of the student body is virtual, thus making connections more difficult.
This quarter, we urge everyone to prioritize safety, health, and honesty for the well-being of ourselves, each other, and the whole community.
The Greek Life Committee seeks participation in its survey on the state and future of Greek Life at Stanford.
Accepting funding from the fossil fuel industry poses an inherent conflict of interest for the School of Sustainability and threatens researchers’ academic integrity.
We strive to build a more inclusive and supportive community in which we all share a sense of belonging, and we hope this message brings us closer to this goal.
At Abolish, we have made clear our demands to Stanford from the very beginning: defund and dismantle carceral systems on campus and reinvest those funds in structures of care.
Students working to inform the design of the new school focused on climate and sustainability share their motivations, their work thus far and a look at what’s to come.
After reflecting on the impact of the Compact on the Stanford community, it is clear that the reporting form is not at all useful for voicing “Community Concerns.”
To advance environmental justice leadership, Stanford requires institutional structures and resources to support EJ research, teaching, communication and community building in the new school.
Stanford’s renewed relations with the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office exemplify its failure to acknowledge the voices of marginalized students, staff and faculty.
Our current historical moment has placed new pressure on Stanford to transform its existing unjust practices. Following the murders of Breonna Taylor and George Floyd, more people protested this summer than in any movement in American history.
In the past years, SLS has had numerous opportunities to demonstrate a genuine investment in its students of color, first-generation, and low-income students. While administrations change, these most recent movements documented nearly two decades’ worth of duplicated efforts and known, solvable problems, many of which remain unsolved.
Maybe if I had found someone on the Internet that told me this, maybe if one of my friends had shared this, or maybe if there had been someone on the Beyond Sex Ed stage that laid out this story, my experiences with relationships in college might’ve been different. But I am where I am: Jen and I are still broken up and hookup culture isn’t appealing to me. And that’s okay, because maybe others can learn from my story.
The beginning of fall quarter is only weeks away, and the administration has yet to release a plan detailing its efforts to address our concerns. As a result, Abolish Stanford, the Black Graduate Students Association, Sexual Violence Free Stanford, the Stanford Basic Needs Coalition and the Stanford Solidarity Network are proud to announce that we have formed a coalition working to amplify the student body’s demands.
Now is the time to not just reflect on these organizations’ roots and problematic positions on campus, but also to actualize real change and not merely reforms. We can’t keep pretending that the system will magically or naturally fix itself. Nor can we pretend that a system built on the premise of elitist exclusion will ever be inclusive.
On July 8, 2020, you announced that Stanford will permanently discontinue 11 varsity athletic programs at the conclusion of the 2020-2021 academic year. This decision is devastating to our community in profound and personal ways. The lack of transparency, adequate notice and failure to include the Stanford community in the decision-making process stands in direct opposition to Stanford University’s commitment to its values.
On June 12th, the Stanford University Board of Trustees neglected their ethical responsibility and decided not to divest from the top 100 oil and natural gas companies. We have been heartened by the responses of the student body, faculty, and broader Bay community—over the past 8 years and especially in recent weeks—yet we remain deeply concerned that the Board’s June 12th statement is the product of an unrepresentative divestment process. This process has excluded these necessary community voices and fails to hold the fossil fuel industry accountable for its legacy of human rights abuses and climate disinformation campaigns. While Fossil Free Stanford has provided a detailed response to the Board’s decision, we want to highlight briefly the flaws in the recent divestment process and outline a path forward.
Before COVID-19, UG2 workers reported issues of overwork to SWR. Now, conditions have gone from bad to worse. Yet Stanford chooses to ignore contracted workers’ call for hazard pay and renege on its promise to provide pay and health benefits.
And just as experts feared, just 50 miles north of Stanford, the third largest outbreak in the nation has erupted in San Quentin State Prison, with over one-third of the incarcerated population testing positive for COVID-19.
Instead of working to understand and convey the driving forces behind the protests, journalists too often have reflected the systemic biases of broader society: amplifying voices already powerful, ignoring perspectives already disenfranchised. These failures reflect a long-standing bias in journalism toward white viewpoints.
In his email on July 1, 2020, Marc Tessier-Lavigne shared news about goals to offer new academic positions to scholars engaging with the “Impacts of Race in America.” This initiative falls short of properly addressing anti-Blackness. BGSA and BSU reject the administrations' reforms and propose a reevaluation of the University’s approach to addressing the question of race in our curriculum and community
To address the backlog of student-led requests for racial equity on campus and truly embody the ideals outlined by the Presidential IDEAL initiative, we believe Stanford University must take immediate action.