In its first meeting of the academic year, Faculty Senate received updates on long-range planning, a recap of President Marc Tessier-Lavigne’s first year and a debrief from executive leaders of the Associated Students of Stanford University (ASSU) on the issues of diversity and student support in academics.
Long-term planning, freedom of speech, research funding and sexual assault were prominent topics during a wide-ranging “town hall” discussion hosted by University President Marc Tessier-Lavigne and Provost Persis Drell on Wednesday as part of their efforts to increase their communication with the Stanford community.
In its Wednesday meeting, the Graduate Student Council (GSC) brainstormed ideas for Stanford’s long-range planning process and saw updates from housing and an Undergraduate Senate bill to review Constitutional Council guidelines. Meanwhile, the GSC must consider what they must allocate parts of their budget to for the coming academic year.
In its second official meeting Wednesday, the Graduate Student Council addressed flaws in the Voluntary Student Organization (VSO) funding guidelines and proposed outside outreach committee opportunities.
On Tuesday, the Senate discussed Stanford’s long-range planning initiative, plans to audit Volunteer Student Organizations (VSOs) and recent Senate candidate Jacob Randolph ’19’s Constitutional Council case against the Senate.
In its meeting on Wednesday, the Graduate Student Council (GSC) discussed the partial re-do of the election that passed last meeting and its effects on the election of the next GSC, causing members to put a reelection of the “at-large” portion of the ballot back on the table.
At a town hall with President Marc Tesser-Lavigne and Provost Persis Drell last Friday, questions from undergraduate and graduate students in particular centered around the University’s role in social justice initiatives, both on campus and as a force in the community.
The long-range planning process, which last occurred over 15 years ago, will plot a path for University growth in four broad categories: education, research, community and engagement beyond Stanford.