Dear President Hennessy and Provost Etchemendy, I write to you today because you are worried about your students. To be honest, so am I. When I watch my friends take a few shots and then go into five rounds of beer pong, and when you see freshman dorms with transport numbers going up, not down,…
On Friday, ASSU Executives John-Lancaster Finley ’16 and Brandon Hill ’16 hosted a town hall on the topic of campus sexual assault with Provost John Etchemendy Ph.D. ’82 and other administrators. Students, faculty and community members gathered in Arrillaga Dining at 8:30 a.m. for a conversation about potential changes to University policies for reporting sexual assault after the Provost’s Task Force on Sexual Assault issued its report in April.
Philosophy Talk, a Stanford-based radio talk show featuring professors of philosophy, John Perry and Kenneth Taylor, is facing a funding crisis that may threaten its continuation.
People do not violently resist because they enjoy violence or are inherently criminal – they do so because they hold life sacred. It is then those who condemn this form of resistance that hold life in contempt.
We join with all members of this community in listening to one another and working together to make Stanford the kind of place where every person and voice feels valued. And we are always open to hearing your ideas about creating spaces for open discussion and building community, so please do not hesitate to contact any of us.
When confronted with racial activism, rather than labeling it as overdramatic and annoying, consider that people of color have been fighting systems of oppression since the day they were born. And understand that their anger, no matter how aggressive, no matter how radical, and no matter repetitive, is justified.
The Task Force’s achievement of pushing through the inertia and presenting a comprehensive proposal is no small feat, but it’s also far from the end of the road. The next step is implementation, and, more importantly, research to understand how we can design the policies to reflect the standards we expect as members of the Stanford community.
Etchemendy’s comments prove that the university administration is out of touch with the conversations that have already been happening on campus and the struggle for justice worldwide. We have already transcended dialogue, and we’re ready for change.