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Op-Ed

SCR: Your hate speech is not welcome here

The very fact that as FLI Latinx students we are even able to exist in this type of space is incredible, a testament not just to our capabilities, but also to those of the countless people in our communities who have supported us on this journey. This is why targeted attacks such as those conducted by SCR are so hurtful. At an institution that’s supposed to represent the best of the best, we find more of the same thing we have found all of our lives: racist and ignorant people. The only difference is that those at Stanford hide behind “free speech” as an excuse to promote their hate speech.

Stanford, support your students with dependents through affordable healthcare plans

As medical students at Stanford, we feel deeply concerned about the University’s health insurance policies towards the spouses and children of its graduate students. Over the past six years, dependent health care coverage costs increased by 80 percent. As a result, Stanford graduate students with dependents face a catch-22: pay $893.69 per month for their dependents’ coverage or risk the consequences of no coverage at all.

Divest from fossil fuels

As a Stanford graduate of the sixties and the appreciative father of two recently graduated Cardinal students 2015 and 2017, I find the unwillingness of the University to respond to the sober requests from students and faculty to divest its ownership of fossil fuel holdings appalling.

Response to provost’s update on Chanel Miller’s plaque

We are deeply concerned that Stanford — which has spent years falsely claiming that Miller’s words are dangerous and triggering — now intends to place a second plaque interpreting Miller’s words. We believe that Stanford should let Miller speak for herself as the University originally agreed three years ago.

Open letter to President and Provost on Chanel Miller’s plaque

We, as representatives of our communities, insist that you explain in full why you find it acceptable to, in the name of our university, renege on Stanford’s promise to Chanel Miller and ignore three elected bodies plus 2,200 members of the Stanford community who have made a reasoned and informed request that you honor that agreement.

Israeli Supreme Court denies Omar Shakir’s appeal, paving the way for Stanford alum’s deportation

On November 5, Israel’s Supreme Court ruled its government could expel the Human Rights Watch (HRW) Israel and Palestine Director, Omar Shakir, under the nation’s anti-Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) legislation. The unanimous decision by a three-judge panel upholds the District Court of Jerusalem’s April opinion and is likely to end legal proceedings that have drawn out for more than a year. Should Israel’s caretaker government decide to enforce the deportation order, Mr. Shakir would have until November 25 to leave the country.

Indigenous Student Voices: Pacific rising: Oceania voices at Stanford

The following article is a collection of student Pacific Islander voices on campus. We stand strong as representatives of our Pacific nations and communities. Together we rise in strength, unity and resistance to capitalist and colonial forces that threaten the health, safety and wellbeing of our people. Most recently we have rallied around the issue of ignorant destruction of our sacred lands, particularly around the Thirty Meter Telescope on Maunakea.

Coalition of Concerned Students: Statement on Ben Shapiro

Another year of white supremacy, xenophobia, and bigotry on Stanford’s campus. Another year of student outrage and disapproval. Another year of Stanford’s administration refusing to listen to its marginalized students as we beg the institution to stop providing a platform for fascist talking heads to stand upon.

Introducing Indigenous Student Voices, a series for Native American Heritage Month

At Stanford, indigenous students account for less than 2% of the overall undergraduate and graduate student body (Data USA). Because of this, we remain invisible. But indigenous environmental movements such as Standing Rock Sioux’s opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline and current efforts to protect Mauna Kea from the Thirty Meter Telescope Observatory have spotlighted indigenous…

Stanford admin, your complicity betrays you

The cycle of sexual violence is twofold. There are the individuals who commit it, and there are those who decline the opportunity to acknowledge a survivor’s trauma—therefore condemning their experience to remain in the darkness. It is through the latter, of course, that sexual violence thrives.

Building a reality that honors Chanel Miller

I live in a split reality. Half of the time it’s there, and half the time it’s gone. I’m talking, of course, about Chanel Miller’s plaque; the one that Stanford promised Miller that they would install at the site of her 2015 assault, which has since been converted into a “contemplative garden.”

Is a quote from Chanel Miller’s impact statement likely to be ‘triggering’ if placed on a plaque at the contemplative garden?

In the field of traumatic stress “triggering” means that some stimulus elicits overwhelming memories of trauma or symptoms of PTSD or other serious mental health struggle. It does not mean that some reminder of human cruelty or tragedy invokes feelings of discomfort, sadness, anxiety, or anger. The contemplative garden would likely constitute a very positive context for most survivors.

A $4.7 billion lie

Stanford is advertising a lie. The $4.7 billion in benefits is hugely inflated. The supposed benefits package includes the cost of all the faculty and student housing the University was already planning on building, in addition to existing developments like Escondido Village.

Athletes and activists: The U.S. Women’s soccer team

In March, 28 members of the U.S. women’s national soccer team (WNT) filed a class-action lawsuit against their employer, the U.S. Soccer Federation (USSF). Spearheaded by veteran players Alex Morgan, Megan Rapinoe, Becky Sauerbrunn and Carli Lloyd, their case claims the USSF is in violation of the Equal Pay Act and Title VII of the…

Stanford and SEIU Local 2007 come to tentative agreement, but only after Stanford rejects a majority of union proposals

On August 31, 2019, Stanford University and Service Employees International Union Higher Education Workers (SEIU) Local 2007, came to a tentative agreement on their new five-year contract. Members of SEIU Local 2007, which represents approximately 1,270 Stanford employees including food service workers, custodians and groundskeepers, voted to ratify the agreement on September 6. The tentative…

Letter to the Stanford Earth Community: #StanfordEarthSoWhite

Fellow students of color who have felt marginalized in environmental spaces at Stanford: I see you. Students and alumni trickle into the Asian American Activities Center on a Tuesday evening despite the stress and excitement of finals, moving out for the summer, and graduation fast approaching. There, the buzz of conversation and anticipation grows as…
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