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4/22/96

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Haas Center announces 1996-97 John Gardner Fellows

STANFORD -- Three seniors have been selected as 1996-97 Stanford John Gardner Fellows in the joint public service leadership program at Stanford and the University of California-Berkeley.

The new Stanford fellows are Lisa R. Gallegos, an American studies major from Los Angeles; Solomon Greene, an anthropology major from Cottekill, N.Y.; and Nicole Vazquez, an English and political science major from Los Angeles.

Named for John W. Gardner (A.B. '35, A.M. '36, psychology), holder of the Miriam and Peter Haas Centennial Chair in Public Service, the fellowship program places undergraduates in 10-month assignments in public or independent sector agencies.

Gardner is a former U.S. secretary of health, education and welfare, former chairman of the National Urban Coalition and the founder of Common Cause. His contributions to American society were recognized in 1964 with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Started with a gift from the Walter and Elise Haas Fund, the fellowship program is now in its 11th year. Additional support has come from the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Educational Foundation of America, the Commonwealth Fund, other foundations and individual donors.

The program is administered by the Haas Center for Public Service at Stanford and the Institute of Governmental Studies at Berkeley.

  • Gallegos, who has focused much of her undergraduate career toward interdisciplinary ethnic studies, was honored for her academic achievement with the Ernesto Galarza Prize for Excellence in Undergraduate Research. She has performed a wide range of community and public service, from tutoring through the Barrio Assistance Program to organizing STOP (Students Together Opposing Proposition 187) and RAGE (Resistance Action Grassroots Organizing and Education).
  • Greene came to Stanford as a transfer student in 1993. He designed an individual degree, Urban Culture and Geography, through the anthropology department. His thesis analyzes the cultural myths surrounding poverty and homelessness in downtown Atlanta as that city prepares for the summer Olympics. Much of Greene's service work has been related to the issues of poverty, homelessness and AIDS/HIV. In 1994, he spent much of the summer as a field organizer for the San Francisco group Empty the Shelters and also did outreach work for the Tenderloin Housing Clinic. He co-founded STOP with Gallegos.
  • Vazquez's academic work focuses on urban politics in American government, and British and American literature. Her honors thesis analyzes the relationship between Palo Alto and East Palo Alto. Vazquez has been active in Barrio Assistance; the Stanford Volunteer Network; Alternative Spring Break; MEChA, a Chicano student organization; and the Associated Students of Stanford University, where she is one of the four class presidents. In the summer of 1995, she completed an internship in the Office of Migrant Education at the U.S. Department of Education and worked in Los Angeles' Community Development Department.

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