David Porter

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David Porter

David M. Porter, Jr. oversees day-to-day management of the Walter Kaitz Foundation, including the allocation of Foundation funds in support of cable industry diversity efforts and development of an industry-wide supplier diversity initiative.

Dr. Porter served as the Director of Graduate Programs for the Howard University School of Business from 2003-2006; and as an assistant professor at the UCLA Anderson School and faculty director as well as co-creator of the UCLA African American Leadership Institute.

At UCLA, Dr. Porter helped develop the Executive Leadership Development Program of the National Association of Multi-Ethnicity in Communications (NAMIC), which in recent years has provided leadership training at the Anderson School to hundreds of NAMIC members and cable executives of color.

He also has held professional positions at Amoco, Pacific Bell, and Xerox, served as Treasurer of the National Society of Black Engineers and consulted with numerous Fortune 500 companies on diversity-related issues.[1]

Peoples Platform

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.[2]

"Justice and Hope"

Steven Phillips wrote Justice and Hope: Past Reflections and Future Visions of the Stanford Black Student Union 1967-1989, in 1990.

Writing Justice and Hope has been a humbling and daunting exercise. Many, many people helped, and this is indeed a collective work. I am grateful to the many Black faculty and staff members who provided valuable advice, support and direction: James L. Gibbs, St. Clair Drake, Kennell Jackson, Clayborne Carson, Keith Archuleta, Michael Jackson, Michael Britt, Dandre Desandies, Hank Organ, and Rachel Bagby.
I also made extensive use of the Stanford Libraries. At the various stages of production, a whole host of peeple contributed. I hope I don't leave anybody out, but here goes. My thanks go out to the following people: Lisa Fitts, Audrey Jawando, Bacardi Jackson, and Drew Dixon helped give shape to Justice and Hope when it was still a vague and unformed idea. Toni Long demonstrated for me the true power of PageMaker. David Porter clarified important facts and provided historical information. Frederick Sparks helped with fundraising and monitoring the budget. Lyzettc Settle added critical comments and an extremely thorough and detailed revision of the text. Danzy Senna, Joy St. John, Stacey Leyton, Raoul Mowatt, Valerie Mih, Hillary Skillings, Judy Wu, Quynh Tran, and Cheryl Taylor meticulously proofread the final drafts. Elsa Tsutaoka gave advice on design, layout and cutting photos. MEChA loaned us its layout equipment The staff in the ASSU Business Office always cheerfully facilitated financial transactions and questions.[3]


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  2. ]The Stanford Daily, Volume 194, Issue 20, 21 October 1988]
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