"Education: Taking Action for Our Future"
Democratic presidential candidate Michael Dukakis will not appear at a student-sponsored education conference this Saturday, but his stepson, John Dukakis, will join presidential hopeful Jesse Jackson at the event, conference organizers said May 9 1988. Jackson is scheduled to appear at 2 p.m. Saturday in White Plaza, while John Dukakis will speak at Memorial Auditorium that morning at a separate session of the conference. The 28-year-old Dukakis, son of Kitty Dukakis and her first husband, John Chaffetz, is a coordinator of Michael Dukakis' presidential campaign.
The one-day conference, "Education: Taking Action for Our Future," is being sponsored by minority student and student government groups from around the state. Tickets for the event are $2 each and will be on sale in White Plaza Wednesday through Friday, from noon to 1 p.m. Participants in the conference will present the speakers with an "educational bill of rights to influence the direction of education over the next four years," said senior Vivian Wu, a member of the Asian American Student Association. Last month, members of MEChA, a Chicano-Latino student group; the African/Black Student Statewide Alliance and the Asian/Pacific Islander Student Union wrote agendas highlighting their educational concerns.
Members of all three student networks are working to draft one agenda that draws from the three already written. Members of MEChA, A/BSSA, and the A/PSU will ratify the educational bill and present it to statewide student government organizations in hopes of getting their endorsements. Elsa Tsutaoka, one of the conference organizers, said that the concept behind the event is that "education is a right for all, not a privilege. It is a human right that any just society provides and is necessary for progress." Students hope to apply this concept to issues in education such as admissions, curriculum and financial aid. The groups also support changes in universities' core curriculum "that reflect all groups that contribute to American culture," according to Tsutaoka. She
added that a university's "curriculum should be relevant to current demographics," and noted that the "lack of ethnic studies is a hole in education." The students would like "admissions opened up so more people have access," Tsutaoka said. She said one way to implement this would be for "the University of California and California State University systems to accept the top third of every class from each high school instead of the top third of students overall." Tsutaoka, a 1987 Stanford graduate and a member of AASA, said that AASA voted to endorse Jackson's candidacy. The educational conference is the second event the three minority networks have done together. Last April, they joined in a march on the state capitol in Sacramento to protest proposed budget cuts in education and to highlight issues in education. Jackson participated in that March. MEChA, A/BSSA, and the A/PSU are the statewide umbrella groups for the Stanford MEChA group, the Black Student Union and the Asian American Student Association, respectively.
"What bad checks has Stanford given students of color?"
"What bad checks has Stanford University given to its students of color?"
"What We are Fighting For What We are Working Toward?"
- Fidelia Butt, chairperson of Asian American Student Association
- Rudy Fuentes, former ASSU COP, co-coordinator of El Centro Chicano
- Millie Gong, member of Asian American Student Association
- Jon Inda, ASSU senator, member of MeCha
- Justin Jones, member of Stanford American Indian Association
- Amanda Kemp, former chairperson of Black Student Union
- Bill King, chairperson of Black Student Union, Project Democracy
- Tracey LeBeau, member of Stanford American Indian Association
- Stacey Leyton, chairperson of Peoples Platform, member of SUDE
- William McCabe, president of American Indian Science & Engineering Society
- John Meigs, intern for Black Student Union
- Maria Meier, former coordinator of El Centro Chicano
- Jerilyn Mendoza. Latino rep for University Committee on Minority Affairs
- Li Miao, co-chairperson of Educational & Cultural Committee of Asian American Student Association
- Joey Thomas, Stanford American Indian Association representative
- Vivian Wu, member of Asian American Student Association
Arthur Hu '80 has filed a formal complaint with the Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights against the University of California at Berkeley for discriminating against Asian-Americans. Hu, an activist against affirmative action in university admissions, charged the school with using "quotas and differential admissions standards" to turn away Asian-American students in order to implement affirmative action.
Because schools would rather not reduce the number of white students, he said, and because they have a limited number of spaces in each class, they turn away qualified Asian-Americans to make room for underrepresented minorities.
Many Asian-Americans in the MIT community oppose Hu. "Affirmative action does not have to conflict with the `merit-based' plans touted by its opponents," said Vivian Wu, a research fellow with the Community Fellows Program in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning. The solution lies in increasing student enrollment across all racial groups, she stressed. Moreover, Asian-Americans have benefited from affirmative action, according to Wu, who is also a member of the newly formed Asian-American Caucus at MIT.
"A call to build an organization for the 1990s and beyond"
Unity, January 28 1991, issued a statement "A call to build an organization for the 1990s and beyond" on pages 4 to 6.
- [The Stanford Daily, Volume 189, Issue 43, 16 April 1986]
- [The Stanford Daily, Volume 191, Issue 58, 13 May 1987 ]
- [The Stanford Daily, Volume 193, Issue 56, 10 May 1988 ]
- [The Stanford Daily, Volume 192, Issue 65, 26 January 1988 ]
- [Unity October 30, 1989]