This week in Stanford History: Helen Gertrude Dominguez, Class of 1920, became the first Chicana/Mexicana to graduate from Stanford. She transferred to the Farm just as the 1918 flu hit. Dominguez went on to earn her bachelor's degree in English and worked for the Pasadena, Calif., school system. She died in 1987, and was inducted posthumously into the Stanford Alumni Multicultural Hall of Fame in 1996. (📸: @Stanford.Archives)
I came off the @NYTimes’ international desk last fall to cover what was supposed to be the most important story of the year – the 2020 election. Suddenly the world was turned upside down. Entire lines of reporting that had seemed urgent just weeks ago are now rendered irrelevant. @caseysalbum, ’05, and other #StanfordAlumni journalists share how the COVID-19 pandemic has changed their profession and altered the way news is gathered, reported and distributed, as well as what they are seeing on the frontlines. Read more at the link in bio. (📸: Federico Rios)
A memorial has bloomed on the Oval with over 100 signs, each representing a Black life lost to racial violence and police brutality. The signs were planted by three Stanford students with support from Black student leaders and activists on campus. “The memorial serves as a physical space to simultaneously celebrate Black lives, and mourn Black deaths, in a way that encourages our local community to continue to address the pervasiveness of racial violence.” More in @StanfordDaily, link in bio. (📸: @yasminrafiei, MD student.)
#BlackLivesMatter The deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and others have sparked conversation and outrage within the Stanford Alumni Association and among our communities, particularly our Stanford Black community. It is our mission to reach, serve and engage all #StanfordAlumni, and we are committed to listening, learning and acting at this important moment. It is a time of heightened awareness of violence against Black Americans and an important moment for reflection around the world. We’ve compiled a list on the university’s response, scholarship and community resources. Stay informed and learn more at the link in bio.
“Commencement is a moment and, yes, we are missing this moment, but we need to make sure that the current conversations surrounding racial justice, systematic oppression and social reform are not just another moment in time.” For the first time since 1906 (when an earthquake forced a postponement), Stanford will not have a June in-person graduation ceremony. Members of #Stanford2020 reflect on graduating in uncertain times. More in STANFORD, at the link in bio.
The night before I left Stanford, I stayed up until 3 a.m. I was with people I wanted to lose sleep for . . . If I had known that would be my last day as an undergrad on campus, I would have pulled an all-nighter. STANFORD editorial intern @mwallingphoto, ’20, reflects on wrapping up senior year with a mix of nostalgia, grief and gratitude. Read more at the link in bio. (📸: Jenna Garden)