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Students find many ways to engage with activism on campus

As a result of recent national events, including the shooting of Michael Brown, the increase in police brutality and the continued occupation of Palestine, more and more Stanford students find themselves surrounded by different ways of getting involved in voicing their opinions about national and campus events.

While students are engaged with these topics in myriad ways, including showing up at protests, posting on Facebook or attending a talk or panel about a current event, these types of events have come together to create a more active campus.

Haas Center works to close gender gap in public service

Take a look at any public service group and you’ll notice the startling gender disparity. Thomas Schnaubelt, executive director of the Haas Center for Public Service, has worked in more than 36 civic engagement institutions. He confirmed that the phenomenon of female public engagement trumping male participation is not limited to Stanford, saying that some research has shown the typical ratio for male to female participation in public service is approximately 3 to 7.

Prendergast calls for ‘informed activism’

U.S. President Barack Obama said student groups were key to putting the conflicts in Darfur and Sudan on the radar screen of policymakers, according to John Prendergast, a prominent human rights activist, author and former Director for African Affairs at the National Security Council. Prendergast spoke Monday afternoon to a group of 40 Stanford students, staff and community members at the Arrillaga Family Dining Commons Study Room.