Four alumni inducted into the Stanford Multicultural Alumni Hall of Fame

From left, Sidney Dillard, Neil Kahoʻokele Hannahs, Alma Medina and Mae Lee (Courtesy Stanford Alumni Association)

At the 25th annual Multicultural Alumni Hall of Fame induction ceremony during the recent Reunion Homecoming, Stanford recognized SIDNEY DILLARD, ’84; NEIL KAHO‘OKELE HANNAHS, ’73, MA ’74; MAE LEE, ’92, MA ’93; and ALMA MEDINA, ’92, JD ’95, P ’19, P ’22.

The Multicultural Alumni Hall of Fame honors Stanford’s most accomplished alumni of color and recognizes the outstanding achievements of diverse alumni leaders. Each year the award is presented by Stanford’s four ethnic community centers at a ceremony during Reunion Homecoming sponsored by the Stanford Alumni Association.

Sidney Dillard is head of the Corporate Investment Banking Division at Loop Capital, where she is responsible for relationship management and the team’s business development efforts with corporations across all areas of the firm, including bond underwriting, initial public offerings, at-the-markets, share repurchase, private institutional capital raising, and mergers and acquisitions advisory.

Neil Kaho‘okele Hannahs is founder and CEO of Hoʻokele Strategies LLC, a consulting enterprise to support leaders and enterprises working to restore values of the Hawaiian worldview, foster a thriving environment, generate a robust economy and promote social equity. While a sophomore, Hannahs collaborated with classmate Mariane Holu in writing “A Proposal for Hawaiian Awareness,” which advocated changes in Stanfordʻs approach to admissions to recognize the persistence demonstrated by Native Hawaiians.

Mae Lee is a teacher who, for nearly 20 years, has taught comparative studies on race and ethnicity and Asian American studies. She serves as chair of Asian American & Asian Studies and as a faculty member of Ethnic Studies at De Anza College in Cupertino.

Alma Medina, an immigrant and first-generation college student, earned her Stanford BA in Spanish in 1992, with a Chicano studies emphasis, and her JD from Stanford Law School in 1995. She was an intern to Cecilia Burciaga, former assistant to the president and provost for Chicano affairs at Stanford, and a member of the President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans under President Clinton.