Stanford and VIA (Volunteers in Asia):
years of International Service
January 13, 2015 at
Bechtel International Center Assembly Room (Directions)
Free admission. Open to the public.
Registration is not required.
Join us for a panel discussion exploring the
role that VIA played at Stanford during the
turbulent 1960s and early 1970s at a time of
student activism, and the ways that VIA has
complemented Stanford’s engagement with
Asia. The panelists will also discuss how
Stanford participants have engaged with the
dramatic changes in Asia in the past 50
years and how the VIA experience has
affected their lives.
VIA has provided a significant source of
international service and cross-cultural
education opportunities for Stanford
students since 1963 when a small group of
Stanford students reached the conclusion
that many skills useful for living in a
complex and interdependent world could not
be acquired through classroom education
alone. That summer, 23 freshmen, led by
Dwight Clark, then Dean of Freshmen Men,
answered a call for volunteers to serve in
Hong Kong’s overcrowded camps for refugees
fleeing China. Later, student participation
was shaped by the Vietnam War, which led to
the rapid growth of two-year positions for
conscientious objectors seeking “alternative
service” opportunities. VIA’s
people-to-people approach enabled recent
Stanford graduates to serve in countries
that weren’t ready to invite the Peace
Corps, teaching in both China and Taiwan in
1980, and entering Vietnam in 1990–five
years before the U.S. government normalized
relations. In addition to the long-term
service program, VIA’s current educational
exchange programs have expanded to bring 300
students from Asia to Stanford each year.
Incorporated as a nonprofit organization in
1966, VIA partners with the Haas Center for
Public Service to offer international
service opportunities to undergraduates and
VIA recently celebrated 50 years of offering
life-changing “education through service” to
over 1,300 Stanford students and alumni.
Panelists include Dwight Clark ’56, MA ’58,
VIA Founder; and Jeanne Blamey ’73 and
Stephanie Parker ’11, MA ’12, VIA board
members; and Cliff Chan ’81, VIA Executive
Sandstone & Tile, Spring/Summer 2014
Volume 38, Number 2
Why They Went South: Stanford Newsman Bob Beyers and Mississippi Freedom Summer
By Roxanne Nilan
“The cloistered calm of the Stanford campus is far removed from the hot, window-shattered shack on Lynch Street in Jackson, Mississippi,” reported a San Francisco newspaper in June 1964, “but in the mind of Bob Beyers, they have a certain unity.” Beyers, the 32-year-old director of the Stanford University News Service, was “vacationing,” along with some 40 Stanford students and several other staff and professors, in tension-torn Mississippi during that summer’s civil rights campaign. (read more)
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- Stanford through the Century
- 2014 Historic House and Garden Tour
- SHS Annual Meeting
- From the President
- Karen Bartholomew Award
- Upcoming Society Activities
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