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Out of the closet and onto the streets

I met Robert Mullins by chance at a bus stop in the Temescal neighborhood of Oakland, California. It was hot, and we had both crowded in the only slice of afternoon shade the tired blue bus stop had to offer. He introduced himself to me, and because we seemed relatively close in age, I asked him if he went to school in the area. He didn’t – not at the moment at least – because he was homeless after being forced out by his parents shortly after his sixteenth birthday.

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.

Classy Classes: AFRICAAM 54N: ‘African-American Women’s Lives’

AFRICAAM 54N: “African American Women’s Lives” allows students to examine the role African American women have played throughout history and through the contemporary era.

Assistant history professor Allyson Hobbs teaches the course during the school year and also as an intensive six-week summer class. According to Hobbs, the main purpose of the course is to raise awareness of African American women as well as to uncover the history of African American women.