Mary Dillard

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Mary Dillard is Director, Graduate Program in Women’s History, Sarah Lawrence College.

BA, Stanford University. MA, PhD, University of California-Los Angeles. Special interests include history of West Africa, particularly Ghana and Nigeria; history of intelligence testing and external examinations in Africa; history of science in Africa; and gender and education. Recipient of a Spencer fellowship and Major Cultures fellowship at Columbia University’s Society of Fellows in the Humanities. SLC, 2001–

Stanford labor negotiations

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Several students wrote a letter to the Stanford Daily, June 2, 1988;

We are concerned that this year's negotiations be fair and visible to the Stanford community. Workers are an important part of the Stanford community and one that we respect. We see University support for open negotiations as the first step in administrative commitment to treating the union in a fair and just fashion.

List of demands

Keith Archuleta exhorted the crowd during an October 26 1988 gathering of students of color in White Plaza. Archuleta led the crowd In a poem titled "Blessed are Those Who Struggle to Survive." The rally, intended to heighten awareness of racism, ended with a march. The march stopped at President Kennedy's office, right, where Black Student Union Chair Mary Dillard tacked up a list of demands as a security guard watched. The list, called "A Mandate for Change," seeks increased University support of minority students' needs.[1]

Envisioning a 'rainbow society' at Stanford

December 7 1988 Sophia Shing wrote in The Stanford Daily that embers of minority communities, student leaders and faculty commented on various concerns and ideals for a Stanford with more mature diversity and sound minority life. Mary Dillard, chair of the Black Student Union, said in her vision of an ideal Stanford environ

Chair of the Asian-American Students Association Brian Kim said, "Unless we have evenly divided power structures, then the students of color do not have the type of representation they need."

Delia Ibarra, co-chair of the MEChA, said Stanford has the potential to be "truly pluralistic" because of the quantity and quality of its students of color. Ibarra argued that "having racist emotions doesn't mean that you're racist."

Daniel Bao, speaking as a member of the Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Community Center, said he has found the Stanford community to assume that there are no problems in minority life unless something surfaces in public.

Tracey LeBeau, chair of the Stanford American-Indian Organization, shared Dillard's sentiments. She sees the administration "pushing the responsibility of change onto the color coalition when it should actually be a shared endeavor."

History Prof. Kennell Jackson echoed Bao's criticism of the laborious University procedure for dealing with minority affairs. He suggested implementing changes to address the problems rather than launching studies to verify the existence of the sore spots.

Although Allison May, a disabled staff member at the Disability Resource Center, said physical disabilities are often a "less hostile and touchy topic," than race relations, she noted that they sometimes prove "a lot harder for people to deal with."

Molly Sandperl, assistant director of the Disability Resource Center, commended the administration for its support, but observed that handicapped students face insensitivity and ignorance among their peers.

David Brown, a member of the Council of Presidents, said he hopes students might work together for "a rainbow society where the individual is respected for (his or her) uniqueness and not in spite of it." One's uniqueness might also be called race, difference, sex, ethnic heritage. And some argue that how one frames the issues determines the quality of debate.

Psychology Prof. Lee Ross suggested the negative connotations associated with the word "racism" create unnecessary awkwardness in talking about differences.[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.

I owe special thanks to Keith Archuleta—my critic, counselor, fellow freedom fighter, and friend. Whether I was developing the concept devising the plan, dissecting the drafts, or discussing the points, he saw me through from start to finish and helped me realize a dream. I am grateful to the entire staff of the CPPC. In particular, Anne Greenblatt displayed considerable understanding and support. Virgina Malt shared her genius for design, and James Patterson was, well, James—- one of the friendliest and most encouraging people I know. My largest debt is to the Black Student Union- I am grateful to Mary Dillard and the 1988-89 officers and Calvin Joel Martin and the 1989-90 officers for their patience, support, and assistance. They demonstrated remarkable understanding as production schedules changed, deadlines moved, and the imperative of making history delayed the efforts to record history. Through it all. we persevered, and now, at last, it's done. My final thank-you goes out to all the members of the Black Student Union—past and present—who made the history recorded in these pages. Keep up the struggle.[3]

References

  1. [The Stanford Daily, Volume 194, Issue 24, 27 October 1988]
  2. [The Stanford Daily, Volume 194, Issue 49, 7 December 1988 ]
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