Stanford: A Culture of Community Awareness
This blog post is part of a Photo Essay Assignment designed to capture a part of Stanford culture. Written by Kenan Jiang, Chun Pan, and Julia Janssen.
In any given weekend, the Stanford campus is alive (bustling) with activity. From parties to sports games, art fairs to community service events, there is never a lack of something to do. Although Stanford students enjoy partying and relaxing on the weekends, they are also very socially aware and find ways to give back to their community. For example, this past weekend, students participated in a Tibetan Torch Relay showing solidarity with the fight for Tibetan freedom and Relay For Life, a 24-hour fundraiser for the American Cancer Society.
Professor Carson of Stanford University spoke at the student-organized Relay and made memorable statements about Tibetan freedom.
“If [the Tibetan] people are risking their lives to draw attention to human rights violations, then it is our moral obligation to respond.” – Professor Clayborne Carson, Department of History
The Relay For Life event brought together numerous organizations, including local high schools, colleges, and sponsors such as Google and Best Buy. In the event, groups walk around a track for 24-hours to support cancer research. Groups, which camp out in the middle of the track overnight, make sure that at least one member of the group is always on the track.
Tents set up for participants of the event.
Students camped out on Roble Field, taking a break from walking.
At night, candles lit within paper bags line the track to illuminate the way through the darkness for walkers, symbolizing hope in a dark time.
Candle-lit paper bags line the track.
These are just two examples of student activism on campus. There are many other groups which participate in community service activities, such as the Kiwanis, which is a community service club, and APO, a co-ed community service fraternity, in which the members are extremely dedicated to devoting their time in order to raise awareness for many different causes. If you were to wander around campus, you would find no lack of community awareness, whether you encountered students protesting the wages of Stanford custodians or speaking out against the actions of American leaders such as Condoleezza Rice and Donald Rumsfeld.