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Students and other community members are continuing to protest both in person and online, nearly four weeks after the killing of George Floyd placed a spotlight on the ongoing struggle against anti-Black racism and police brutality. Last Sunday, hundreds marched from White Plaza to Palo Alto City Hall. The protesters called for change around the country and at Stanford, urging the University to divert funding from campus police and invest more in African and African American Studies (AAAS), including departmentalizing the AAAS program and increasing funding to The Martin Luther King, Jr., Research and Education Institute.
Student organizers also constructed a memorial on the Stanford Oval, pictured above, to Black lives lost to police brutality and racial violence. More than a hundred markers each bear the name and face of a person killed. Two rows are dedicated to Black trans women and gender non-conforming individuals, in recognition of the disproportionate toll violence takes on those communities.
And activists are gearing up for other long-term efforts as well. On Thursday, around 100 people attended a town hall put on by StandFor, a new coalition centered on building in-roads between activist organizations at Stanford.
The trustees based their decision on whether investment in these companies met the “abhorrent and ethically unjustifiable” standard adopted in 2018 by the Stanford Management Company, the firm that manages the endowment. The “assertion that oil and gas companies have engaged in human rights violations” wasn’t enough to support a “blanket industry-wide” decision, Board Chair Jeff Raikes ’80 said, although specific companies can be considered on a case-by-case basis.
While Stanford currently has no direct holdings in the 100 companies identified by Fossil Free Stanford, the University indirectly invests in the fossil fuel industry through financial instruments such as index funds. Investments in fossil fuels make up less than 1.5% of the merged pool.
Their reports are in line with January 2019 survey results finding that 21% of female Stanford faculty had experienced “offensive, objectifying or discriminatory behavior” due to their gender. As a result, professors are considering leaving or have left the School of Medicine.
This is our last roundup of the 2019-20 academic year. Throughout the summer, we’ll continue to bring you Stanford coverage through our social media and our website, stanforddaily.com. We’ll resume regular email newsletters in fall quarter.