“As we evaluated these changes, we placed a high priority on preserving the diversity of the overall student-athlete population.”
“Our commitment to diversity and gender equity in athletics also remains firmly in place and is supported by this decision.”
“The decision to discontinue these 11 sports will not disparately impact any particular demographic.”
These were some of the statements that Stanford University leadership made in an open letter announcing the discontinuation of 11 varsity athletic programs. In response to the question “Why these 11 sports?”, Stanford cited diversity as a major factor, claiming that the decision aligns with the University’s commitment to creating a diverse and inclusive campus community.
Read more from Madeline Liao and Lucas Orts in the Stanford Daily here.