“Based on the values that are important to me, Stanford is the best university in the world,” said ROGER CLAY, ’66, a former Stanford trustee, who was one of four alumni inducted into the Multicultural Alumni Hall of Fame during Reunion Homecoming Weekend. Clay, president of the Insight Center for Community Economic Development in Oakland, is the 2003 recipient of the Gold Spike, awarded for his volunteer leadership in development at Stanford.
Utah Appeals Court Justice WILLIAM THORNE Jr., another 2010 inductee, recalled his sense of isolation as a Native American law student in the mid-seventies. But he found solace in the Native American Cultural Center and in the Law School dean’s office. Federal Judge THELTON HENDERSON was an assistant dean at the time. “In the madness that was law school, that was my solace,” Thorne said of the center. “Thelton Henderson and the Native American Center were the reasons I got through law school. I thank Stanford for giving me a chance when I didn’t think I could make a difference.”
Thorne indeed has made a difference. In addition to serving on Utah’s Court of Appeals, its Third Circuit Court and its Third District Court, Thorne has served as a tribal court judge in Utah, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Colorado, Arizona, Wisconsin, South Dakota, Nebraska and Michigan. He is the former president of the National Indian Justice Center, a nonprofit organization that trains tribal court personnel around the country, and a member of the board of directors for Court Appointed Special Advocates, a national nonprofit group that provides volunteer representation for abused and neglected children in court.
Kathy Lim Ko
KATHY LIM KO, ’80, president and chief executive officer of the Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum, also was honored. She began her volunteer work as a Stanford undergraduate, commuting to San Francisco’s Chinatown every Saturday. In her professional and volunteer activities, Ko continues to develop, strengthen and restore facilities for a number of community organizations, including the Asian Health Services headquarters and the Lao Iu Mien Cultural Center, both based in Oakland, and the historic preservation of Angel Island Immigration Station.
RICARDO F. MUÑOZ, ’72, a professor of psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California-San Francisco, also was inducted. At UCSF/San Francisco General Hospital, he directs the Clinical Psychology Training Program, the Latino Mental Health Research Program and the Internet World Health Research Center.
The host of the event was JAMES MONTOYA, BA ’75, MA ’78, a former dean of admission and financial aid and vice provost for student affairs at Stanford.
Video of the ceremony will be available on Stanford on iTunes next month.