The hike, at between 12 and 15 percent from the last academic year, depending on how many dependents a student has, marks an increase of roughly 80 percent since 2013-2014.
Around a dozen individuals, many from the Stanford Solidarity Network, held signs and spoke with attendees of a reception hosted by the Vice Provost for Graduate Education Patricia Gumport on the third floor of the Jen-Hsun Huang Engineering Center.
The crisis extends into the ways counseling and psychological services are provided at the University and into the intrinsic nature of graduate education.
Stanford’s incoming town center, Cardinal Conversations reboot, Redwood City campus and other initiatives were discussed at a town hall hosted by University President Marc Tessier-Lavigne and Provost Persis Drell at Tresidder Oak Lounge on Friday.
In 1998, nearly one thousand Stanford graduate students staged a rally and camp-in protesting unaffordable campus housing options and financial insecurity. In the cold and rain of night, they pitched tents in the middle of Main Quad and covered them in signs that read, “Look Mom, no housing” and “Rent plus Ramen equals stipend.” Over 20 years later, the issues they raised continue to create significant hardship for many.
ASSU executives Shanta Katipamula ’19 and Ph.D. candidate Rosie Nelson framed their budget presentation around a theme of student belonging.
The majority of graduate students in the U.S. live on less than $20,000 a year. In Palo Alto, one of the most expensive places to live in America, things don’t get any easier.
The rally follows a petition circulated by the Stanford Asian American Activism Committee on Feb. 11 demanding that the University change its “discriminatory” Dean’s Leave of Absence policy.