Stanford College apologizes for discriminating in opposition to Jewish college students within the Nineteen Fifties

Stanford College is apologizing for its efforts to restrict admission of Jewish college students over…

Stanford College is apologizing for its efforts to restrict admission of Jewish college students over 60 years in the past.

On Wednesday, college president Marc Tessier-Lavigne introduced current findings from a job power report confirmed “mother and father and pals of candidates, alumni, outdoors investigators, and trustees” had been frequently misled when requested concerning the prestigious faculty’s admission practices.

A 1953 memo written by Fred Glover, the assistant to then-president Wallace Sterling, said that accepting candidates from Beverly Hills and Fairfax excessive colleges in Los Angeles would result in “a flood of Jewish purposes” the subsequent admissions cycle. Each colleges reportedly had Jewish scholar populations of 95% to 98% on the time,

The report then said that admissions director Rixford Snyder ended recruitment on the two excessive colleges. It was not famous if the college took related actions with different excessive colleges.

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A common view of the buildings of the Foremost Quadrangle and Hoover Tower on the campus of Stanford College on Oct. 2, 2021.

Tessier-Lavinge despatched out a university-wide memo denouncing the previous practices, calling them “saddening and deeply troubling.”

“On behalf of Stanford College I want to apologize to the Jewish neighborhood, and to our whole college neighborhood, each for the actions documented on this report back to suppress the admission of Jewish college students within the Nineteen Fifties and for the college’s denials of these actions within the interval that adopted,” the memo learn. “These actions had been flawed. They had been damaging. And so they had been unacknowledged for too lengthy. As we speak, we should work to do higher, not solely to atone for the wrongs of the previous, however to make sure the supportive and bias-free expertise for members of our Jewish neighborhood that we search for all members of our Stanford neighborhood.”

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The duty power findings led to suggestions for the college going ahead specializing in two classes: “acknowledge and apologize” and “discover, educate, and implement.”

Together with the duty power suggestions, and as said in Tessier-Lavigne’s letter, the college plans to “publicly acknowledge and apologize for actions to suppress Jewish admissions and mislead individuals who requested about them.”

The college additionally plans to boost Jewish life on campus by doing the next issues: conducting a complete research to handle the wants of the neighborhood, addressing bias in opposition to Jewish folks via inclusivity trainings and packages, implementing a 2019 decision asking the college to acknowledge antisemitism on campus, aligning the educational calendar to accommodate Jewish holidays, accommodating college students’ non secular and cultural wants in housing and eating, and clarifying the college’s relationship with Stanford Hillel, which is the biggest impartial group at Stanford that serves the Jewish college students on campus.

A picture of the Hillel House, the center for Jewish life, at Stanford University.

An image of the Hillel Home, the middle for Jewish life, at Stanford College.
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Stanford offered the whole findings of the duty power’s report in the course of the Historical past of Jewish Admissions and Expertise on Thursday. A livestream of the occasion might be seen right here.

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The duty power was made up of school, workers, trustees, alumni, and college students of Stanford College.