After a barrage of accusations that Stanford’s recently-acquired ValleyCare Medical Center is a poor work environment — including allegations of worker intimidation, bribery and patient endangerment — the hospital’s nurses have taken matters into their own hands and unionized.
On April 14th, the Associated Students of Stanford University (ASSU) elections commission announced that Shanta Katipamula ’19 and Graduate School of Education Ph.D. candidate Rosie Nelson would be the next executives of the ASSU for the 2018-2019 academic year. Katipamula and Nelson comprised the second undergraduate-graduate slate in ASSU history.
The Shanta-Rosie slate won 61.92 percent of the vote, more than twice as much as the second place slate, which earned 27.3 percent. The winners made connecting undergraduate and graduate students a central component of their platform.
In June 2017, following the departure of Associate Vice Provost for Community Engagement and Diversity Nicole Taylor ’90, what was previously a unified unit of seven campus community centers under her lead was disassociated and replaced with an interim structure grouping some, but not all community centers. For community center advocates, that structural shift added to ongoing challenges in obtaining funds to meet centers’ needs 10 years after recession-era budget cuts.
The first annual Stanford First Generation and/or Low Income (FLI) Conference was held this past weekend from March 2 to 4. Around 250 students and school administrators from Stanford and other elite universities including Duke and UC Berkeley participated in the conference, which was based around the theme of “uplifting voices.”
Across Stanford’s campus, different student affinity groups have access to physical spaces that support the interests of those individual communities. Soon, students with disabilities may have a similar space of their own.