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Melissa Santos
Melissa Santos is a sophomore from Los Angeles studying comparative literature. She is the Desk Editor for the Daily's campus life beat and chair of the Community Life and Inclusion Program. Ask Melissa about her love for teaching or her Golden Girls obsession at melissasantos ‘at’ stanford.edu.

Middle Eastern sustainability nonprofit founders receive 2018 Stanford Bright Award

On Thursday night, Gidon Bromberg and Munqeth Mehyar received the 2018 Bright Award for co-founding EcoPeace Middle East, a nonprofit organization using environmental sustainability as a means to promote regional peace. The Bright Award, conferred annually by the Stanford Law School (SLS), recognizes outstanding work in promoting global sustainability. Each winner is granted $100,000 and the opportunity to deliver a public lecture at the University.

Green Earth Sciences Building introduces multi-occupancy, all-gender restrooms

On Aug. 15, the Green Earth Sciences Building introduced the University’s first multi-occupancy, all-gender restrooms to be in a academic or administrative building. This is a departure from the University’s prior practice of converting only single-stall public restrooms into gender-inclusive spaces, as required by California state legislation Assembly Bill (AB) 1732 since Mar. 1, 2017.

GSC talks ASSU reforms, mental health

During its weekly meeting on Wednesday evening, the Graduate Student Council (GSC) debated a bill to broadly reform the ASSU constitution authored by GSC member Caleb Smith ’17 M.S. ’18. The Council also motioned to create a working group to handle mental health issues in response to the recent lawsuit against the University and addressed several procedural matters.
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Three Stanford staff members honored as Amy J. Blue Award recipients

Last Tuesday, three Stanford staff members were honored as recipients of the 2018 Amy J. Blue Awards: Sheila Dolezal, director of finance and administration in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology (OB/GYN), Christina Ablaza, program manager of the Creative Writing Program, and Rafael Velazquez, a food service worker in Residential and Dining Enterprises’ (R&DE) Stanford Dining division. The distinction, which recognizes Stanford staff members who have demonstrated exceptional dedication to their work and support for their colleagues, was established in 1991 in memory of associate Vice President for administrative services and facilities Amy J. Blue.

Female night custodians demand safer work conditions, greater University accountability

The meeting, co-hosted by the Stanford Solidarity Network (SSN), took place in the Women’s Community Center. Rebecca Armendariz, political representative for SEIU-SSW, acted as a translator between the Spanish-speaking custodians and the audience. Armendariz clarified that the custodians are not managed directly by the University. Rather, Stanford has subcontracted the work to a company called UG2, which provides janitorial services on campus. Because these women are prohibited by their UG2 supervisors from interacting with Stanford students, they requested anonymity in this article.

‘Fight Sexual Harassment’ event urges temporary student registration to vote on Persky recall

During the Stanford Solidarity Network’s (SSN) “Fight Sexual Harassment at Stanford” event hosted at the Women’s Community Center on Thursday afternoon, law professor and activist Michele Dauber directed a training on temporarily changing voter registration for students who wish to vote in the June 5 Santa Clara County election. The election includes a measure that, if passed, would recall from the bench Superior Court Judge Aaron Persky ’84 M.A. ’85, who handed down what critics describe as an overly-lenient sentence to former Stanford swimmer and sexual assault convict Brock Turner.

Student group performs at local nursing homes

Every weekend during winter and spring quarters, the student group Side by Side performs song varying in genre, style and level of musical accompaniment to the elderly at nursing homes in the Bay Area. Established in 1994, Side by Side adheres to its tradition of befriending senior citizens in the local area and sharing musical…

Senate introduces resolutions to improve Campus Climate Survey, support disability studies

In its 20th meeting on Tuesday, the 19th Undergraduate Senate introduced a resolution to improve University efforts to collect data on sexual misconduct on campus. The resolution calls on the administration to abandon the Campus Climate Survey scheduled for this spring. Instead, the resolution suggests that the University administer the survey created by the Association of American Universities (AAU), which has been used by peer institutions such as Harvard, Brown and Yale to gather information about sexual harassment and assault, in spring 2019.

How Stanford Works tackles institutional change

Last Friday’s event entitled How Stanford Works tackled issues related to the University’s processes for enacting campus-wide policy changes. The program is the first installation of the Institutional Change at Stanford series hosted by Lily Zheng ’17 in collaboration with the ASSU.
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