Monday, March 13, 2023
Stanford Tells Federalist Society Students To 'Reach Out' to Diversity Dean Who Encouraged Disruption of Their Event—and To Shut Up on Twitter
Leaders of the Stanford Federalist Society received an email Saturday night from acting associate dean of students Jeanne Merino, who stood by silently as students disrupted Duncan's talk. Merino pointed them to "resources that you can use right now to support your safety and mental health"—and discouraged them from tweeting about the event "until this news cycle winds down."
Among the resources Merino to which pointed them was Associate Dean of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Tirien Steinbach, who took the podium from Duncan to talk about the "harm" he'd caused—and whom Stanford condemned in its apology to Duncan, characterizing Steinbach's intervention as "inappropriate."
In addition to Steinbach, Merino listed herself, Associate Director of Student Affairs Holly Parrish, and Student Affairs Program Coordinator Megan Brown as possible sources of "support." All three watched in silence as protesters accosted Duncan and berated their peers for inviting him.
Merino went on to discourage the Federalist Society from tweeting about the disruption "until this news cycle winds down," stating that "trolls are looking for a fight." That warning came after Stanford endured a brutal 24 hours on social media, with numerous lawyers—including Duncan himself—calling for Steinbach to be fired and the protesters punished.
Merino did not respond to a request for comment.
Rising and Breaking Points need to do a story on this fiasco.