Following conservative outcry over protests of right-wing speakers on college campuses, President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Thursday that threatens the denial of federal grants to colleges who do not uphold free speech on their campuses.
On Saturday, President Trump announced his intention to issue an executive order requiring American universities to maintain “free speech” on their campuses and threatened to withdraw federal funding from noncompliant institutions. Practical considerations aside – it’s not clear how this plan would be enacted – Trump’s message should trouble Stanford students because of the ways it mischaracterizes the state of free speech at schools like our own. These mischaracterizations feed into a narrative that has the potential to stifle, rather than protect, free speech on Stanford’s campus.
But recently, I’ve been reading the National Review, in an attempt to see the other side, and I came across an article that made me sit up. Not because it convinced me that immigrants shouldn’t be allowed in the country, but it was in reading this article that I realized that there are so many arguments of the right that aren’t being engaged at all.
On Thursday night, the Faculty Senate unanimously passed a resolution questioning President Trump’s executive order and received various reports.
Several Bay Area students, including Stanford’s Hadil Mansoor Al-Mowafak ’20 from Yemen, have filed a lawsuit through the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) that declares Trump’s travel ban unconstitutional.
I am worried about the consequences this order will have for refugees, our men and women in uniform, and the ideal of freedom that has brought so many to our shores.
We write on two matters of immediate concern—the situation of undocumented students, and of community members now subject to the so-called “Muslim Ban.”
In the Program in Writing and Rhetoric at Stanford, ethos is a fundamental principle in our engagement with students. Ethos is related not only to authority and credibility, but also to the ethical actions that undergird those qualities. When Stanford declares that its primary mission is “to promote the public welfare by exercising an influence…