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Open Letter to Provost Etchemendy Re: Tenure Denial of Professor Stephen Sohn

SAPAAC sent the following letter to Provost Etchemendy to express our support for Professor Stephen Sohn.
Stanford Asian Pacific American Alumni Club
Asian American Activities Center
Old Union Clubhouse, MC: 3064
Stanford, CA 94305-3064

June 9, 2014

John Etchemendy
Office of the Provost
Building 10
Stanford, CA 94305-2061

Dear Provost Etchemendy:

We are writing to urge you to reconsider Professor Stephen Sohn’s case for tenure. We were surprised and disappointed to hear that Professor Sohn was denied tenure at the Dean's level despite being voted through by his department. Losing Professor Sohn would be damaging to Stanford’s already under-resourced Asian American Studies program and related research as well as a blow for the Stanford community as a whole.

Through the years, in our own interactions with Professor Sohn, we have found him to be an engaged and thoughtful professor dedicated to teaching interested students. Our own regard for him is reinforced by our hearing nothing but the utmost praise for him as a teacher, mentor, and member of the Stanford community. We also see affirmation of this praise in the University’s awarding Professor Sohn its highest teaching honor – The Walter J. Gores Award – almost exactly a year ago. Finally, the pain of losing Professor Sohn may be most evident in the over 1,600 signatures in the recent student-led petition (http://bit.ly/sohnpetition).

Stanford has historically shown a strong commitment to diversity; it’s one of the reasons we are proud to call ourselves Stanford Cardinal. As alumni of color, we are especially invested in ensuring that this commitment continues. We know you understand the importance of hiring and retaining diverse professors in diverse fields, how they can inspire students of various backgrounds, and how they shape Stanford’s unique character -- so once again we urge you to reconsider Professor Sohn’s tenure case.

Thank you very much.

Sincerely,

Stanford Asian Pacific American Alumni Club
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