Creating a Shared Culture of Respect
IMPORTANT MESSAGE ON RECENT EVENTS
Dear Chemistry Community,
We are deeply saddened and disheartened by the senseless loss of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and Sean Reed. We bore witness to the tragic loss of George Floyd on May 25, 2020. This is against the very fabric of our humanity. We affirm that Stanford University does not tolerate any hateful speech, images, or other acts of intolerance, as we seek to continue to build a safe and inclusive community in person and online. We urge you to please take care of yourselves and each other during this challenging time.
We acknowledge the brutality that oppresses Black communities and all communities. The systemic issues of racism, inequality and injustice deeply rooted in history are against our values as a department and a university.
We stand with you and ask all to join in as we seek racial justice for the lives lost in such horrific and senseless ways. We must seek social justice for all communities.
Now is the time that we need each other more than ever. Please know that you are not alone. We are a community. Please seek the support of our community, talk to one another during this time and reach out to the Faculty Staff Help Center, CAPS and additional resources as needed.
As leaders, we want you to be assured that our department stands with all of you-as an ally-in this time of sadness and grief. We stand by the recent statements of Provost Persis Drell, Debra Satz and Stacey Bent.
In support and solidarity,
Keith Hodgson (Department Chair), Elizabeth Dahlen (Department Director of Finance and Operations), Steven Boxer (incoming Department Chair)
The Department of Chemistry is committed to fostering a respectful workplace culture. We strive to cultivate a safe, inclusive, fair environment where our staff, faculty, researchers and students can thrive as they advance new chemical frontiers through research, innovation, collaboration and scholarship.
Supporting Diversity and Inclusion
Provost’s Statement on Diversity and Inclusion
Higher education has the mission to advance human welfare in a rapidly changing world. Institutions that are truly inclusive and embrace and advance diversity everywhere – in every program, every school and every area of operation – will be the most successful. Stanford must become one of those institutions!
Recognizing this, we must clearly articulate why diversity and inclusion are important to us, how these values support the mission of the university, and what goals we have set to advance our commitment to them. Read the full Diversity Statement.
During the past year, two new student organizations were established to foster camaraderie, research collaboration and inclusion amongst students and postdoctoral scholars in the Department of Chemistry.
The ChemWell initiative is a collaboration with WINGS (Wellness Information Network for Graduate Students) to nurture the health and well-being of students, postdoctoral scholars, faculty and staff.
Faculty, staff, students and postdoctoral scholars attended events where they engaged in thoughtful discussions about harassment, discrimination, and professionalism in the workplace.
A Wave of Change
The #MeToo movement has had an incredible impact, inspiring countless individuals to step forward with their stories of sexual misconduct and ushering in a wave of change in academia and industries across the globe.
News from the National Academy of Sciences
The Royal Society of Chemistry and the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine published reports on sexual harassment and inequality in late 2018. The Association of American Universities (AAU) released the results of its 2019 Campus Climate Survey on Sexual Assault and Misconduct in late 2019.
Stanford's Steps Forward
In early 2018, Provost Persis Drell issued Stanford’s first Annual Title IX/Sexual Harassment Report, which provides the campus community with cases of prohibited sexual conduct that have been brought to the university over the past academic year and the outcomes of those cases.
Stanford's second annual Title IX/Sexual Harassment Report was released in December of 2018.
Letter from the Provost
A letter written by Provost Drell accompanied the report, reaffirming Stanford’s commitment to preventing sexual violence, supporting victims and providing fair and effective adjudication processes. The letter outlines a series of new initiatives in the areas of education and prevention and asks the campus community to tackle this issue together and put an end to sexual violence.
Title IX compliance at the university
In April, Provost Drell also shared the news that Stanford and the Office for Civil Rights of the U.S. Department of Education reached a resolution agreement regarding Title IX compliance at the university.
Stanford offers a variety of resources, services and reporting options to students, staff and faculty who are concerned about sexual harassment and other forms of misconduct.
Share Your Feedback
How we can work together
The Department of Chemistry and Stanford University do not tolerate sexual harassment and are committed to creating a workplace environment of mutual respect, honesty and integrity. Moving forward, we will continue our efforts to cultivate a respectful and inclusive culture, and we encourage dialogue about how we can work together as a community to address these issues and find appropriate solutions. We will provide updates to the campus community about future events and initiatives we are undertaking through our website, social media outlets and quarterly newsletter.
The Department of Chemistry welcomes and encourages feedback about how we can work together as a community to create an inclusive, respectful and fair work environment. Share your feedback with us through this anonymous webform.