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Oral Histories

2009 | Project: Diversity, | Project: Faculty
Political Science
Interviewer: Schofield, Susan
David Abernethy, Professor of Political Science, Emeritus, discusses the changes in diversity on Stanford campus between the late 1960s and the late 1980s. He explains his role in the events of that time, including “Taking the Mic.” This interview also encompasses Abernethy’s take on the...
2011 | Project: Diversity, | Project: Alumni Interviews
Alumni Association
Interviewer: Mitchell, David
Robert H. Piestewa Ames reminisces about his experience arriving at Stanford in 1947 from Winslow, Arizona, as the only “Indian” at Stanford University at the time. He attended the Stanford Law School after finishing his undergraduate studies. At Stanford, Ames was a member of the freshman...
2010 | Project: Diversity, | Project: Staff
Provost's Office
Interviewer: Schofield, Susan
Raymond F. Bacchetti was employed in senior administrative positions at Stanford from 1966 to 1993, primarily as director of university budgets under Presidents Richard Lyman and Donald Kennedy. He discusses his significant involvement in diversity issues during this period and his perspectives on...
2010 | Project: Diversity, | Project: Alumni Interviews
Alumni
Interviewer: Bacchetti, Ray
Mary Montle Bacon was a graduate student in the late 1960s and early 1970s and had already worked as a teacher in New York City and as a labor activist. She saw her time at Stanford, then, more from the perspective of a worldly adult than as a fresh-out-of-high-school undergraduate. This...
2010 | Project: Diversity, | Project: Faculty
SLAC, SSRL
Interviewer: Camarillo, Al
Arthur Bienenstock discusses his work as chair of Committee on Undergraduate Admission and Financial Aid in the early 1970s with the start of undergraduate admissions and affirmative action, and his efforts as the first Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs in hiring URM faculty. Access...
2009 | Project: Diversity, | Project: Staff
Student Affairs
Interviewer: Bacchetti, Ray
Harold K. Boyd came to Stanford just as attention to diversity was getting into first gear. By the time he moved to the Office of Development in 1980, the university’s efforts and accomplishments were well into second gear and had reached perhaps half-speed. Boyd’s perspective from the...
2010 | Project: Diversity, | Project: Staff
Admission
Interviewer: Schofield, Susan
John Bunnell talks about his thirty-five years working in the Stanford Admissions Office (1963 to 1998) under three Deans--Rixford Snyder, Fred Hargadon, and Jean Fetter. He discusses the significant efforts beginning in the late 1960s to recruit, enroll, and support Black, Mexican-...
2011 | Project: Diversity, | Project: Staff
Student Affairs
Interviewer: Lerner, Pam
Cecilia Burciaga speaks about the clash between individual and communal success, the victories and difficulties of minorities on university campuses, and Affirmative Action. She discusses her views on international diversity vs. domestic diversity, and her experiences of the Inter-Agency...
2012 | Project: Diversity, | Project: Faculty
History
Interviewer: Kiefer, Joyce
Dr. Clayborne Carson discusses his Martin Luther King Papers Project, as well his part in the African-African American Studies Program, the anti-apartheid divestment movement, and the change in the Western Culture program. He explains some of the difficulties in setting up and managing the...
2011 | Project: Diversity, | Project: Staff
Student Affairs
Interviewer: Kiefer, Joyce
When Alice Supton Chanowitz came to Stanford in 1973, she spent half her time as secretary to the Committee on Undergraduate Studies and half as support for the Urban Studies Program. During the next two years she worked as director of SCIRE (Student Center for Innovation...
2019 | Project: Diversity, | Project: Alumni Interviews, | Project: Staff
Office of the Vice Provost for Graduate Education
Interviewer: Asfaha, Dina
Bernadine Chuck Fong is the Director of Leadership Initiatives and Special Projects at the Office of the Vice Provost for Graduate Education at Stanford University. In this oral history, she speaks about her childhood in Palo Alto, her connections to Stanford, and her long career in higher...
2009 | Project: Diversity, | Project: Alumni Interviews
Alumni
Interviewer: Bacchetti, Ray
Henry Der was an undergraduate from 1964 to 1968, before much of the campus ferment around diversity began. His story presents a sharp and illuminating contrast to those who came to Stanford in 1968 and later. As an undergraduate, he reported feeling alienated from Stanford, as much for...
2009 | Project: Diversity, | Project: Alumni Interviews
Alumni
Interviewer: Bacchetti, Ray
Nelson Dong reflects on the interplay of his Chinese heritage and family norms with the prejudice he encountered from fellow (Caucasian) students. As a strong academic student, he got to know some faculty and administrators and credits them with enabling some of the success he had as a...
2011 | Project: Diversity, | Project: Alumni Interviews
Alumni
Interviewer: Bacchetti, Raymond F.
In this oral history interview, Joseph Thomas Flies-Away (formerly Joseph William Thomas, Jr.) describes his undergraduate days at Stanford with a focus on his work within the Native American community and in Student Affairs. Flies-Away offers insights into Native American student life at...
2011 | Project: Diversity, | Project: Faculty
Anthropology
Interviewer: Bacchetti, Ray
James Lowell Gibbs, Jr., Martin Luther King, Jr. Centennial Professor, Emeritus, discusses the emergence and development of diversity at Stanford University since he joined the Stanford faculty in 1966. He discusses the role he played as well as the contributions of other faculty and staff...
2011 | Project: Diversity, | Project: Faculty
President
Interviewer: Schofield, Susan
Donald Kennedy speaks about his various involvements in, and perspectives on, student diversity issues--as a biology professor in the 1960s and 1970s, as provost in 1979-80, and as president from 1980 to 1992. Among the topics discussed are his involvement with the Electronic Lab (SEL) sit...
2011 | Project: Diversity, | Project: Alumni Interviews
Alumni
Interviewer: Toy, Katherine
Dan Kojiro discusses his experience at Stanford as an Asian American student and how he became involved in promoting the issues of concern to the Asian American communities. He highlights the importance of recognizing the differences within and across the Asian American communities. He...
2011 | Project: Diversity, | Project: Faculty
Civil & Environmental Engineering
Interviewer: Kiefer, Joyce
James O. Leckie, the C.L. Peck, Class of 1906Professor in the School of Engineering and Professor, by Courtesy, of Geological Sciences, was closely involved with the Chicano community on Stanford campus. In this interview, he talks about his background, the recruitment and representation...

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