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Adrienne von Schulthess

Academia meets activism

Zawadi Nyong'o from Kenya, Taida Horozovic from Bosnia-Herzegovina, Ramzi Jaber from Palestine and Steve Williams '92 from San Francisco may hail from different corners of the globe, but this spring they are coming together as part of the first group of Stanford Entrepreneurs in Residence at Stanford (SEERS). The entrepreneurs in residence are a part of the inaugural Ripples to Waves Program on Social Entrepreneurship , sponsored and initiated by the Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law (CDDRL). SEERS Executive Director Kavita Ramdas got the idea to develop a program that bridged the gap between academia and social change activism during her sabbatical year as a CDDRL and Center for Philanthropy and Civil Society visiting scholar, eventually founding the Ripples to Waves Program on Social Entrepreneurship.

Reaching for reason

“Once you leave the Stanford bubble, there is real discrimination,” said Mala Chatterjee ’14, co-founder of Stanford Students for Reason (SSR), a new student-led organization aimed at giving voice to uncommon viewpoints on campus about local and national issues. “[Right now, students] won’t even have any of the requisite skills to deal with discrimination or…

Saving Stegner’s study

There are other efforts to not only save the study but also to halt the house’s demolition entirely. The National Trust for Historic Preservation wrote to Debbie Pedro, planning director for Los Altos Hills, arguing the study should be designated a historic site and to request a California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) review of the site. This review examines both the environmental implications of a demolition and the site’s historical significance.

De-bugging trees

Julie Day, a horticulturalist for Stanford University, was walking along a road on campus with her lunch in hand when she noticed that something was not quite right about the foliage. “I was walking past a group of trees, and I went, ‘Oh my god,’” Day said. “I ran to the office, grabbed the camera, took photographs, sent emails and made phone calls. It was high alert.”
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