Santa Clara University

Center for Student Leadership
 2007 FMLFrances Moore Lappé, author of Getting a Grip: Clarity, Creativity & Courage in a World Gone Mad, a little book with a big message. Frances Moore Lappé—author of fifteen books, including three-million-copy bestseller Diet for a Small Planet—distills her world-spanning experience and wisdom in a conversational yet hard-hitting style. Getting a Grip is a rare “aha” book that flouts conventional right versus- left divisions and affirms readers’ basic sanity—their intuition that it is possible to stop grasping at straws and to grasp instead the real roots of today’s crises, from hunger and poverty to climate change and terrorism. Getting a Grip leaves readers feeling liberated and courageous.

 JaniceM                   "Dancing in the Margins and Not Tripping Over Your Own Feet" Janice Mirikitani is a Multicultural visionary. Poet. Executive Director of Glide's 86 programs. Janice, also the President of the Glide Foundation, has been a powerful force at Glide since 1965. A third-generation Japanese-American, Janice has developed groundbreaking multiracial, multicultural programs which have transformed and empowered San Francisco's Tenderloin community - especially the lives of women and children. Glide programs, recognized for their relevance, inclusiveness, and effective outreach to the most marginalized populations of the city, are comprehensive and designed to help break the cycle of dependency. These essential services include a free meals program, a health clinic, recovery programs, educational, tutorial, recreational programs for children and youth, counseling and job training services. Guided by Janice's leadership, Glide's growth has been phenomenal, with an annual budget of $11 million, a diverse staff of 230, and a volunteer cadre that swelled in numbers to 35,000 in 1999. As an author, Mirkitani has written and edited dozens of landmark books, journals, and anthologies, and her own three books of poetry. In 2000, her achievements as an author were recognized with the prestigious appointment as San Francisco's Poet Laureate. Janice Mirikitani is married to Reverend Cecil Williams. She has one daughter.


augusten buroughs, leader in residence

“Choices and Chances: Lessons of a Lifetime with Augusten Burroughs” When Augusten Burroughs lived with his mother’s eccentric psychiatrist, amidst a free supply of Valium and an electroshock chair for play, he did not know that his memoir Running with Scissors would be on the New York Times bestselling list for over 82 weeks. When Augusten entered alcohol rehabilitation, he did not know that the experiences he recounted in Dry would inspire and shock readers in 15 countries. Burroughs is the author of Sellevision, Magical Thinking, and memoirs Running with Scissors and Dry. Formerly a leading copywriter for a New York advertising firm, Burroughs was named one of “American’s Fifteen Funniest People” by Entertainment Weekly in 2004. Burroughs’ experiences and his works of shocking and witty honesty evoke reflection, as well as laughter. 
2003 Isabelle"Stories and Dreams with Isabel Allende"
Isabell Allende is one of Latin America's most celebrated female writers.  She was born in Lima, Peru andraised in Chile.  After the assassination of her uncle, Chilean President Salvador Allenda Gossens, she fled to Venezuela and now resides in California.  In 1982, Allende received international acclaim for her first novel, The Houses of the Spirits, with was followed by Of love and Shadows, Eva Luna, Stories of Eva Luna, the Infinite Plan, Paula, Aphrodite: A Memoir of the Senses, Daughters of Fortune, and The City of the Beast.  As a novelist, educator and former journalist, Allende "writes with an acute sensitivity to social and political conditions" and works for social justice in order to create a more compassionate and just world
2002 fml2"Leadership from a Grassroots Perspective: Learning from Hope's Edge"
Frances Moore Lappe and Anna Lappe speak about what it means to be leaders in today's world.  Lessons learned from around the world tackling hunger and inequality to working with families in the Landless Workers Movement in Brazil and women in the Green Belt Movement in Kenya have shaped their development as leaders.
2000 johnson1"How Can We Make a Difference?  Gender Inequality and Gandi's Paradox"  Allen Johnson is a sociologist, writer, trainer, consultant, professor at the Hartford College for Women, and has done major workshops with universities and business on the issues of gender and diversity.  His work stressed privilege and offers solutions to the famous Rodney King question of "Why can't we all just get along?"
1999 Ray Hood"Valuing Diversity:  Breaking Barriers and Building Bridges"  Ray Hood-Phillips was the Chief Diversity Officer of Advantica Restaurant Group.  She was responsible to help equip the workforce to value and manage cultural diversity and to help Advantica and its brands leverage the diversity that surrounds the retail industry into a business advantage.  In the early 1990's Advantica-owned Denny's was associated with racist policies of discrimination in both hiring and customer service.  Under Hood-Phillips leadership, Advantica Restaurant Group moved to the top FORTUNE Magazine's list of the 50 best companies for minorities.  

Morris_Dees_2_1"Teaching Tolerance Week - An Evening with Morris Dees"  Morris Dees co-founded and funded by direct mail appeals the Southern Poverty Law Center, a nonprofit group that maintains a pool of lawyers who specialize in lawsuits involving civil rights violations and racially motivated crimes.  In 1980 the Center founded the "Klanwatch" in response to a resurgence in organized racist activities.  A gradualte of the University of Alabama Law School, Dees has received numerous accolades in conjuction with this work at the Center.  Trial Lawyers of Public Justice named him "Trial Lawyer of the Year" in 1987.  He received the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Award from the Nations Education Association in 1991.  Dees was portrayed by Wayne Rogers in "Ghosts of Mississippi" a feature film released in 1996.

1996 cortescarlos"Leadership in a Multicultural World"  Dr. Carlos Cortes was Professor Emeritus of History at the University of California Riverside and was the leading authority on the increasing complexities of ethnic diversity and how innovative educational approaches to multiculturalism can provide actual solutions.




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