Although Stanford’s undergraduate population tends towards the Democratic party, the University is not without its conservative tendencies. The Stanford Review was co-founded over 30 years ago by venture capitalist and conservative philanthropist Peter Thiel; resident think tank the Hoover Institution once included Secretary of Defense James Mattis and National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster among its fellows. The Stanford College Republicans (SCR), meanwhile, has traditionally kept a low profile, but the last several months have seen the group put more effort into engaging the student body.
Cap and Gown, Stanford’s women’s leadership organization, will open membership to underclassmen for the first time in the group’s 112-year history this fall.
In response to the concern that some of Stanford’s student organizations have become too selective, SAL assessed the membership policies of student organizations with a survey that went out to the student body.