For all the amazing work this Coalition has done and continues to do, it is absolutely imperative to remember that it is Stanford, the institution, not our volunteer work force, that needs to take responsibility for the lack of basic needs access that has plagued its most vulnerable community members, even before this pandemic began.
Throughout the pandemic, Stanford’s policies have consistently left its most vulnerable students to struggle: students from first-generation and/or low income (FLI) backgrounds, those who are housing-insecure, and international students. The university’s recent announcement of 2020-2021 academic year housing policies continues this trend. If Stanford does not change course, FLI students, international students, and other housing-insecure individuals will undoubtedly once again be left at the margins, struggling without the proper financial and legal safety nets necessary for equitable access to opportunity for success and excellence at Stanford.
Seniors Melodie Grace Liu ’20 and Berber Jin ’20 were named 2020 Yenching Scholars in February.
GSC members discussed how COVID-19 restrictions might affect graduate student housing and learning in the Fall at their weekly meeting.
Amid a remote spring quarter, some students face extra pressures while attempting to learn. FLI students, those who are in the first generation of their family to go to college and/or come from low-income families (FLI) report a number of challenges, including taking on familial obligations, coping with financial stress and navigating their identity.