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Former Obama advisor discusses college life and career at BCSC

Valerie Jarrett ‘78, former Senior Advisor to President Barack Obama, spoke about her college life and her career — from practicing law, to working in nonprofits, to working in federal government — during a visit to the Black Community Services Center on Friday. Stanford students and alums alike gathered to hear Jarrett answer questions from Henry Washington, Jr., a second-year Ph.D. student in the interdisciplinary program in Modern Thought and Language.

Stanford’s Multicultural Hall of Fame inducts four new members in annual ceremony

Established in 1995, the Multicultural Hall of Fame accepts alumni selected by the University’s Asian American Activities Center, Black Community Services Center, El Centro Chicano y Latino and Native American Cultural Center. This year’s event, held during Stanford’s 2018 Reunion Homecoming, honored Isidro D. Ortiz Ph.D. ’73, Colin Cloud Hampson ’91 and Srinija Srinivasan ’93 and the members of the 1968 Black Student Union (BSU). 

Fraught mascot

The pin was vulgar beyond words — a grinning UC Berkeley bear, bent over what is meant to be an Indian, a half-clothed, black-braided man whose blobby shape resembles a Dino nugget. This wasn’t vintage memorabilia, someone’s token from their college days back in the 60s when Stanford’s mascot was still the Indian. This shiny…