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Satz, Reich named Roland Prize winners; three programs get Community Partnership Awards

Two faculty members will be honored for creating the Hope House Scholars Program at a ceremony May 5. Three local service organizations also will be given Stanford's Community Partnership Awards.

BY KATE CHESLEY

Debra Satz and Rob Reich, who founded the Hope House Scholars Program, will share this year's Miriam Aaron Roland Volunteer Service Prize, given by the Haas Center for Public Service to faculty who make significant contributions through public service and encourage their students to do the same.

Hope House, which will celebrate its 10th anniversary next year, pairs faculty members with undergraduate teaching assistants who offer liberal arts courses to residents of a drug and alcohol treatment facility for women in Redwood City. The courses, which focus on such themes as ethics, social justice and moral responsibility, engage the women of Hope House in college-level work as part of their recovery. Administered by Joan Berry, the associate director of the Center on Ethics in Society, the program won a Community Partnership Award last year.

Stanford Provost John Etchemendy will present the prizes to Satz and Reich at a ceremony May 5 that also will feature the presentation of the 2010 Community Partnership Awards by David Demarest, vice president for public affairs. Those awards will go to Industry Initiatives for Science & Math Education, the Graduate School of Business' Alumni Consulting Team and Shelter Network.

Roland Prize winners

The Roland Prize was created by alumna Miriam Aaron Roland, who sought to recognize Stanford faculty who combine academic scholarship with meaningful volunteer service. The prize includes a $5,000 cash award.

L.A. Cicero Debra Satz is the co-founder of Hope House Scholars Program.

Debra Satz is the co-founder of Hope House Scholars Program.

Satz is the Marta Sutton Weeks Professor of Ethics in Society, professor of philosophy and, by courtesy, political science, and a research affiliate with the Program on Global Justice. In 2008, she was named director of the Bowen H. McCoy Family Center for Ethics in Society. Her research focuses on social and political philosophy, philosophy of social science, philosophy of economics and feminist philosophy. Satz is the author of Why Some Things Should Not Be For Sale: The Moral Limits of Markets and co-editor with Reich of Toward a Humanist Justice: The Political Philosophy of Susan Moller Okin. Satz is a recipient of the Walter J. Gores Award, Stanford's highest award for teaching. In 2009, she gave the Miriam and Peter E. Haas Centennial Professorship Lecture on Public Service and the University. Her talk, "Riches for the Poor," focused on her experiences teaching Plato, Kant and John Stuart Mill at Hope House.

Reich, associate professor of political science and, by courtesy, philosophy and the School of Education, is faculty co-director of the Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society and faculty director of the Program in Ethics in Society. His research focuses on contemporary political theory. He is the author of Bridging Liberalism and Multiculturalism in American Education, co-author of Democracy at Risk: How Political Choices Undermine Citizen Participation and What We Can Do About It and, with Satz, co-editor of Toward a Humanist Justice: The Political Philosophy of Susan Moller Okin. Reich also has won a Gores teaching award, as well as the Phi Beta Kappa Undergraduate Teaching Award.

L.A. Cicero Co-founder Rob Reich said the Hope House program offers Stanford faculty a chance to learn as well as teach.

Co-founder Rob Reich said the Hope House program offers Stanford faculty a chance to learn as well as teach.

Power of liberal arts

In an article published in 2004 in Dissent Magazine, Satz and Reich explained their approach to Hope House.

"…We ... believe that the value – and power – of a liberal arts education is overlooked in debates about poverty," they wrote. " 'I feel like a butterfly drawn from a cocoon,' reported one of our students at the end of the course. Programs like Hope House help her escape and imagine herself as a participant in civic life. One Stanford student told us that tutoring at Hope House was her most profound educational experience as an undergraduate. It seems that through the humanities, the most elite and the most marginal segments of our society can teach something to each other."

Adds Reich, "Hope House Scholars Program is not just an exercise in faculty altruism, a volunteer effort to offer liberal arts courses to a population of students which almost never gets such an opportunity. The program offers Stanford faculty a chance to learn themselves. Stanford faculty who teach at Hope House learn that texts they have taught for years to Stanford students are experienced in similar and different ways by women in a recovery program.  Teaching at Hope House shows how an education in the liberal arts is an education in freedom and how enduring texts speak to people across time and place."

Community Partnership Award winners

The Community Partnership Awards were created by the Office of Public Affairs in 2003 to recognize programs that benefit the local community and represent community partnership between Stanford and its neighbors.

Industry Initiatives for Science and Math Education (IISME), a local nonprofit founded in 1985, matches Bay Area science, technology, engineering and mathematics teachers with summer research internships. IISME works to improve K-12 teaching and learning by helping teachers gain skills and resources that result in enriched classroom experiences and higher teacher satisfaction and retention. IISME fellows have taught nearly 2 million students, one-third of whom are traditionally underrepresented in science and engineering fields. Stanford's Office of Science Outreach is an IISME partner. Since 1995, Stanford has hosted 93 teachers.

The Stanford Alumni Consulting Team (ACT) provides free management consulting services to Bay Area nonprofit organizations through a network of Stanford Graduate School of Business alumni. Stanford ACT consultants help nonprofits strengthen their operations, tailoring their advice to the needs of an individual organization. Since 1987, more than 1,000 alumni have helped about 400 organizations, many more than once. Each year ACT contributes consulting services valued at more than $3 million, making it one of the largest such resource providers in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Shelter Network has provided housing and social services to the homeless of the Peninsula for more than 20 years. Shelter Network annually helps thousands of homeless people and others in danger of becoming homeless achieve and maintain self-sufficiency in permanent homes through housing services and one-on-one counseling, financial planning, life-skills workshops, child care and follow-up programs. Stanford faculty, students and alumni have held leadership positions with the organization, and student groups and student interns have provided hours of public service to Shelter Network programs.