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Stanford Report, May 31, 2000

Cruz named director of Haas Center for Public Service

Nadinne Cruz has been named director of the Haas Center for Public Service. Cruz, who has served as the center's interim director for a year, succeeds Tim Stanton, who stepped down in 1999.

"In her year as interim director, Nadinne has done a compelling job inspiring students, offering leadership to the staff and engaging the faculty in the work of the center," said James Montoya, vice provost for student affairs, who announced the appointment Friday. "She has earned the strong support of faculty, staff and students. The extensive phone interviews with highly regarded colleagues in the field of public service confirmed Nadinne's place as a national leader."

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Cruz was appointed associate director of the Haas Center in 1994 and has spent the past six years shaping its policy and direction. She has been a lecturer in the Program on Urban Studies, developing service-learning courses, including "Introduction to Community Service Organizations" and "Community Organizing." She also piloted course innovations, including the Funding Project, by which students in the "Community Service Organizations" class allocated $37,000 to nonprofit service organizations on behalf of Philanthropic Ventures Foundation. Through the Community Mentors Initiative, Stanford alumni serve as guest presenters and supervisors for students who work as interns as part of their coursework in the "Community Organizing" class.

Cruz also has served as director of the Public Service Scholars Program, which was launched in 1994 and provides academic support to students from a variety of disciplines who pursue senior honors theses related to an area of public service.

She developed and taught a year-round program integrating the senior honors thesis with research-as-service to benefit community groups, service agencies and the public interest. Student program participants have won awards for excellence in scholarship and service, including the Truman and Marshall scholarships, John Gardner Fellowships, and the Firestone Medal for Excellence in Undergraduate Research.

Since 1996, Cruz has served as a Resident Fellow in Okada, a four-class residence with a focus on educational programming with regard to Asian American issues.

Her former jobs have included executive director, senior associate and faculty of the Higher Education Consortium for Urban Affairs (HECUA) in Saint Paul, Minn., and the Eugene M. Lang Professorship in Social Change at Swarthmore College. SR