Principles and Procedures for Renaming Buildings and Other Features at Stanford University


Stanford University is committed to maintaining high standards of integrity and robust academic freedom, and to providing a welcoming and inclusive environment for all members of the Stanford community. With this in mind, Stanford will consider renaming features of the university, such as buildings, streets, monuments, endowed positions, and prizes, when there is strong evidence that retaining the name is inconsistent with the University’s integrity or is harmful to its research and teaching missions and inclusiveness.

In Winter 2018, members of the Advisory Committee on Renaming Principles presented recommendations for how Stanford should approach the process of reconsidering the name of a building or site, including the principles involved, the procedure to be followed and the factors to be considered.

Read the Renaming Principles

The Stanford Advisory Committee on Renaming Junipero Serra Features invites members of the university community to offer comments and suggestions for consideration.


In January, 2018, Stanford President Marc Tessier-Lavigne adopted Principles and Procedures for Renaming Buildings and Other Features at Stanford University, and then appointed a committee to consider the application of the principles to features named after Junipero Serra.

The committee is now seeking the views of member of the Stanford community―including students, staff, faculty, and alumni―on the application of the principles to Junipero Serra.

You may submit your comments below. Your name will be kept confidential by the committee.

Share Your Thoughts

We also invite you to meet with committee members on Monday June 4 from 7 – 8:30 pm.  in Tresidder Union, Oak East room. Committee members will be located at tables throughout the room and will welcome conversations with individuals or small groups of community members.

We look forward to hearing your comments.