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Diversity and Outreach in the Obama Administration

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Thu, April 11, 2013
06:00PM - 09:30PM
Museum of Tolerance New York
226 East 42nd Street, New York NY 10017
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Registration Period:
$25, $20 for younger alums (undergrad 2003-2012)
Jim Friend, '75

Diversity and Outreach in the Obama Administration with Gautam Raghavan, '04, Associate Director of Public Engagement Executive Office of the President

6-7 pm registration and wine reception; 7-8:30 pm program and question and answer

Join Stanford alums for a rare insider's view of the inner workings of the White House regarding diversity and outreach.  

Gautam Raghavan serves as President Obama's liaison to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) and Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities, and reports to Valerie Jarrett, '78, Senior Advisor to the President.  

Before joining the White House, Gautam served as the Deputy White House Liaison for the U.S. Department of Defense and as the Outreach Lead for the Department of Defense's “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Working Group. 

The conversation with Gautam Raghavan will be led by Alvin Starks.

Alvin Starks is a seasoned social justice executive with over a decade of experience in domestic civil rights advocacy, international human rights enforcement, and philanthropy. He has worked on a wide variety of social justice issues including Voting Rights Act enforcement, international rights advocacy, Native American and tribal sovereignty, LGBT rights, United States Supreme Court decisions, arts and media, affirmative action protection and immigration reform.

Alvin worked at the Open Society Foundation for over 8 years. He created and directed the foundation’s Racial Justice Initiative in 2004 and led the creation of its black males initiative in 2007. Alvin formerly was the Senior Program Officer for Racial Justice and Gender Identity at the Arcus Foundation. Previously, he was the Program Officer at the Echoing Green Foundation. In late 2009, Alvin joined the staff of the NAACP. Alvin also worked at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, supporting their efforts in a $75 million dollar campaign to foster racial equity. 

Alvin received his education from the State University of New York and Columbia University. He currently is the Director of Global Partnerships for the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice, a philanthropic organization located in New York City dedicated to the advancement of LGBT human rights around the globe.  

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