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Stanford Says Sorry
By Micah Halpern

Monday October 10, 2022
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Stanford University has apologized for their anti-Jewish policies.

According to a report conducted and then made public by a university task force, this prestigious university, located in Northern California, intentionally excluded Jewish students for years.

The university's president, Marc Tessier-Lavigne, issued an extensive apology in which wrote: "This ugly component of Stanford's history, confirmed by this new report, is saddening and deeply troubling."

The task force uncovered a memo from 1953 that reflecting concerns about the number of Jewish students at the university. According to the memo, the university instituted a policy that would limit recruitment and admissions from two particular schools in the Los Angeles area whose student populations were "from 95 to 98% Jewish.”

Stanford did not track the number of Jewish students specifically, but enrollment from these schools dropped precipitously.  And, according to the task force report, "The impact was immediate and striking."

The university has denied allegations of anti-Jewish bias for decades.

Tessier-Lavigne pledged that Stanford would undertake a comprehensive examination of campus life for current Jewish students and embrace "religious and cultural needs."

Representatives from Stanford's Jewish Student Association applauded the president’s statement but emphasized the need for action – not just words. 

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20 October 2022 02:01 PM in Thoughts

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