Dear Stanford community,

The last several weeks have been challenging as our community has witnessed and responded to the Israel-Hamas war. For many, it has been a time of anguish, fear, worry, and anger.

The two of us, and others on Stanford’s leadership team, have been listening carefully to the members of multiple communities at Stanford to understand their experiences and concerns. We have worked to extend support for immediate needs and to provide for the physical safety of our campus community.

Today we are announcing additional steps to respond to the needs of our communities and to support their well-being. Two new groups will be focusing intently on strengthening support in an ongoing manner for our Jewish community and for our Muslim, Arab, and Palestinian communities. Please open the following page to read more about these initiatives.

In these difficult times, we hope you’ll join us in supporting one another as members of one Stanford community; in rejecting antisemitism, Islamophobia and anti-Muslim bias, anti-Palestinian bias, anti-Israeli bias, and all forms of hatred and discrimination on the basis of religion, race, ethnicity, or national origin; and in fostering the atmosphere of civil, reasoned, deeply informed discussion that advances our mission of learning.


Richard Saller

Jenny Martinez