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Response of the president and provost to Chicano students and faculty

STANFORD -- May 5, 1994

Three committees will examine the issues raised by Chicano students and faculty, and report back to the provost by the end of the fall quarter.

Amplifying their Wednesday response to the students, Stanford President Gerhard Casper and Provost Condoleezza Rice said Thursday that chairs have been named and the full committees will be formed within 10 days. The chairs will consult with students and faculty on the committees' membership, which will include faculty, students and, as appropriate, staff or community members. The president and provost made it clear that they are committed to the process that they have proposed, that the committees will seriously engage the issues submitted to them, and that the recommendations of the committees will be dealt with fairly.

The committees are:

This study recognizes the need for all academic programs to be considered and approved within existing faculty, school and academic senate structures, the provost said. Some of these concerns - such as that of the Chicano Fellow Program, which she called a valued contributor to the strength of the School and Humanities and Sciences - can be handled more expeditiously, she said. The school will report on a schedule that will allow consideration of the findings in the context of the next planning and budget cycle.

Casper also repeated his strong condemnation of comments made during the film "No Grapes," shown before the feature movie at the May 2 ASSU Sunday Flicks.

"Let me state unequivocally that I am appalled by the lack of respect shown by some members of the audience," Casper said. "As reported to me, remarks that were at best stupid, and at worst racist, were made during the showing of a short film about pesticides and grapes. Such behavior is inexcusable, and I condemn it in the strongest possible way. As a community, we must discuss this incident, and Sally Dickson, director of the Office for Multicultural Development, will convene a group of faculty, staff and students to lead that discussion.

"Stanford, the provost and I remain strongly committed to diversity - in everything from faculty and student recruitment to ensuring good leadership and programs for all students, including minority students. Times of scarce resources always create strains, but we will seek to be creative and sensitive in addressing these issues."

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