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The Stanford Faculty Women's Forum (FWF -, supported through the Office of Faculty Development, Diversity and Engagement, acts to enable all women faculty to thrive. Participation is open to all faculty members, regardless of gender identity, and the FWF seeks to engage in inclusive practices that recognize the intersectional identities of all faculty members. The FWF provides opportunities for faculty participation from across the University to discuss shared interests, concerns, ideas, and to engage in action promoting greater faculty equity, inclusion, and success.

"Your first few days and weeks in a crisis are crucial, and you should make ample room to allow for a mental adjustment. It is perfectly normal and appropriate to feel bad and lost during this initial transition. Consider it a good thing that you are not in denial, and that you are allowing yourself to work through the anxiety. No sane person feels good during a global disaster, so be grateful for the discomfort of your sanity." -- Aisha S. Ahmad, “Why You Should Ignore All That Coronavirus-Inspired Productivity Pressure,” The Chronicle of Higher Education, March 27, 2020

"Unless we create a truly supportive environment where a chair worries about the welfare of the department, where the faculty is actively engaged in worrying about the welfare of the department, and where every faculty member is a mentor to everybody else -- not just women faculty mentors to women faculty and minority faculty mentors to minority faculty -- we will not make progress." -- Gerard Casper, then President, Stanford University, Minutes of the Thirtieth Senate of the Academic Council, May 14, 1998.

"The tenure review process itself needs to be carefully monitored to ensure that it is truly rewarding excellence. We need to be wary of the numbers game -- so many articles, so many citations, so many dollars -- and weigh the true quality of the work produced by our faculty, male and female alike. What advances human knowledge? It is not the bulk of scholarship that crowds the shelves of our libraries or fills our electronic journals, but the seminal books and papers that break new ground and take us to a wholly new level of understanding. There is a natural desire to quantify our output, but this should not be the measure of scholarship." -- Shirley M. Tilghman, then President, Princeton University, 2005.

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