Canetta Ivy Reid grew up in Houston. After earning a bachelor’s degree from Stanford University in 1990 and a law degree from Columbia University in 1993, Reid worked for the Houston law firm of Weil Gotshal & Manges.
She joined Wal-Mart Stores Inc. in January 1999 as corporate counsel of labor and employment. After four promotions, she is now director of corporate employment compliance and policy for all U.S. divisions and Puerto Rico.
At Wal-Mart, she is vice-chairperson of the African American Resource Group, a member of CEO Lee Scott’s Key Leaders Group and a trustee to the Associate in Critical Need Trust.
Reid is a member of the National Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the NAACP and the Urban League’s Black Executive Exchange Program. She has also served as an adjunct professor at Northwest Arkansas Community College.
- Nine Stanford students joined leaders from across the nation last week in Selma, Ala., to re-enact and commemorate a 1965 voting rights march and discuss the unfinished business of the civil rights movement. The Stanford group, calling itself "Project Democracy II," went to record the history of the original march, called "Bloody Sunday" because it ended in bloodshed and violence, but in the process found a new chapter of history being written before its eyes. "I was figuring we'd meet some of our civil rights heroes, we'd sing some freedom songs and that would be it," said senior Stephen Ostrander, "but right away we realized that the struggle was still going on." The group found that the newest emphasis in the civil rights movement is on educational rights.
"The status quo has got to go"
January 1988, holding placards asserting "The status quo has got to go" and "The core list is the real closing of the American mind," more than 100 students flanked an entrance to the Law School yesterday through which Faculty Senate members passed on their way to debate changes in the University's Western Culture requirement. Members of the Asian American Students Association, the Black Student Union, MEChA, the Stanford American Indian Organization, Stanford Organization for Lesbian and Gay Equality and Students United for a Democratic Education staged a demonstration in support of the Western Culture Task Force's proposed revisions of the Western Culture, or Area One, requirement.
The demonstrators, who held signs listing notable minority and women writers' names and quotations, turned out for the meeting to "show the Faculty Senate that we do have support from the community and to make sure the support is heard," BSU spokesperson Louis Jackson said. Sophomore Canetta Ivy read a statement written for the occasion by the Rev. Jesse Jackson praising the "courageous stuggle" of the Stanford students to change the curriculum. "The proposal to change the Stanford Western Culture program is in the best spirit of the Rainbow Coalition," Jackson wrote. "To be truly educated, one must study the fullness of our nation. The imminent changes at Stanford represent a positive step into the future for higher education in America," Jackson said. The demonstration was staged to show approval for the task force's proposal for a new course titled "Cultures, Ideas and Values." CIV would include the study of works from at least one European culture and at least one nonEuropean culture, as well as works by women and people of color. The current Western Culture core reading list of 15 authors would be abolished under the task force proposal.
In addition, the proposal calls for a review of the curriculum in three years, at which time a core list could be proposed, according to senior Rudy Fuentes, a student representative to the Faculty Senate's Committee on Undergraduate Studies. Senior Jinny Shinsato voiced AASA's support for the task force proposal. In a statement read at the demonstration, Shinsato said the proposal is a "progressive step" because it recognizes the importance of "contrasting ideas and values drawn from different traditions and cultures and of moving away from a Eurocentric focus."
In addition to Students for Western Culture, a group called "Save the Core!" met two days ago to organize a campaign in support of English Prof. William Chace's recent counterproposal to keep the core reading list and to add a selection of works by minorities and women to the required reading.
Louis Jackson wrote that the counterproposal should have been made a long time ago "if it was that important to them." The struggle to change the Western Culture requirement has gone on for almost eight years, Jackson wrote, but the opposition to change emerged only two days before the debate. "It was almost hypocritical in a way," he said. According to senior Julie Martinez, spokesperson for MEChA, Chace's proposal is "tokenist, adding a few minorities and women on the side to appease people." The task force proposal, if approved by the senate, would give "a much better perspective of the ideas that made our society and a better reflection of the people that make up this society today," Martinez said.
BECAUSE we believe that one group offers a forceful, unified, effective voice to work for change in the bureaucracy of the ASSU and throughout the campus, The Daily endorses A New Slate of Mind for Council of Presidents in the Spring Election to be held Wednesday and Thursday. Senior Stacey Leyton, junior Miguel Marquez and sophomores David Brown and Canetta Ivy have an ambitious agenda. Their goal is to revamp the traditional role of the COP, transforming it from a primarily functional, administrative group to a conduit and facilitator of discussion on political issues that affect the educational climate of the University.
The Peoples Platform, a political coalition of student ethnic and progressive groups, scored considerable gains in last week's ASSU election by placing nine of 10 Platform candidates in the ASSU Senate and by filling the office of Council of Presidents with its own slate, A New Slate of Mind.
Junior Miguel Marquez, member of A New Slate of Mind, said he was satisfied with the success of the Platform. Marquez said the existence of an organized party made the campaign and elections more "issue-oriented" than in past years when he said "name recognition" played the major factor. Marquez said the party "puts out a real platform" that improves the election so "people know what they're voting for." Although Marquez acknowledged that the Platform has received criticism because of its progressive agenda, he said he hopes such "petty politics" do not interfere with ASSU projects in the future. "If you have that polarization, the ASSU gets nothing done," he said.
Marquez said the explanation for his slate's victory was simple. "People are looking for a change," he explained. "Both slates were capable of running the COP — we just offered a different approach," he said. The new COP members are sophomore David Brown, sophomore Canetta Ivy, senior Stacey Leyton and Marquez. Although voters approved most of the student group fee requestson the ballot, five groups were denied funding this year. In an unprecedented fee request vote, the BSU lost its request for $24,419.
After several weeks of uncertainty, in late October 1988, the ASSU Senate had a new chair. David Porter, an ally of the Peoples Platform minority and Progressive Student Coalition, assumed the post after an hour of closed debate at last night's senate meeting. Porter, a graduate student in industrial engineering, defeated juniors Dana Klapper and Kelvin Wong, neither of whom are associated with a party. The position of chair, which is normally filled in the spring, was vacated abruptly two weeks ago when computer science graduate student Richard Vaughan announced he would be leaving Stanford in January and thus resigning his post. Porter's victory marks a consolidation of power for the Platform, which also controls half the senate and the Council of Presidents. Porter ran and lost last spring against Vaughan, who was not identified with the platform. The secret vote, which senators said was "very close," reflected the party line. Senator Chris Gacek, a graduate student in political science, said, "The vote wentthe way you would have expected it to go."
Porter's ties to the Platform may help improve relations between the senate and the COP, which historically have been less than ideal. Last year a non-Platform COP squabbled often with the Platform-controlled senate. "It's definitely a plus, but I wouldn't say [relations] are going to ride on that," COP member Canetta Ivy said. "The fact that he is supported by the Peoples Platform is now a moot point, because he has to be objective." According to COP member David Brown, Porter's ASSU experience will help bring the senate and COP together more than his ties to the Platform. Porter has served three previous years as a senator and was a member of the 1984-85 Council of Presidents.
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