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Dear SDSS Community:

I write to add my voice to President Tessier-Lavigne’s message sent this afternoon in response to today’s ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court on university admissions. I share both the president’s disappointment in the ruling as well as his resolve to respond in ways that allow us to continue expanding educational opportunity and fulfilling our mission while complying with the Supreme Court decision. 

As President Tessier-Lavigne noted in his message, it will take time to thoroughly understand the Court’s decisions and how we will need to adjust our policies and practices in order to comply. I ask for your patience as we consider the possible impacts and nuances of the ruling. Please know that we will provide additional information as it becomes available. Additionally, as an opportunity to come together and reflect on this ruling as a school community, I invite you to attend a special Coffee Convo on Friday, June 30, from 10 to 11 a.m. via Zoom.

I will say — emphatically — that our institutional values remain the same. We know that effectively addressing the magnitude and complexities of the globe’s sustainability challenges will require diverse scholars skilled and experienced in working across cultural, national, and international divides. To that end, SDSS has been and will continue to be committed to integrating diversity, equity, and inclusion across our research, scholarly, and education efforts. And in concert with university leadership and the other schools at Stanford, we remain dedicated to fostering a broadly diverse student body and an inclusive university for all. I look forward to engaging across our SDSS community in pursuit of these goals.


Arun Majumdar
Chester Naramore Dean, Stanford Doerr School of Sustainability
Jay Precourt Professor of Mechanical Engineering & Energy Science and Engineering
Senior Fellow, Precourt Institute for Energy & Hoover Institution