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In the News - February '21

Haas Center mentions and service-related snippets from February, 2021.

New Rural Family Pods connect Stanford students with similar backgrounds

Rural Pods screenshot from Bill Lane Center article

Bill Lane Center for the American West

Tom Schnaubelt, executive director of the Haas Center for Public Service and associate vice provost for education, grew up on a farm in Wisconsin. This isn’t something he keeps secret, he says, but over his time at Stanford, “it became clear to me that no one said, yeah, so did I.” Although 20% of Americans live in places the U.S. Census Bureau defines as rural (outside of incorporated cities and towns with 2,500 residents or more), fewer than 5% of Stanford undergraduates come from these places. Having noticed the underrepresentation of rural Americans at Stanford, Schnaubelt forged a partnership between the Haas Center and the Bill Lane Center for the American West to begin raising awareness and building community around issues of American rurality.

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Could deliberative democracy depolarize America? Stanford scholars think so 

Stanford News

As Americans grapple with how to tackle some of the country’s most pressing problems, coming together to address those challenges is critical. But in an atmosphere where partisan tensions run deep, is that even possible? Under the right conditions, Stanford scholars James Fishkin and Larry Diamond think so. 

Deliberative democracy – informed and moderated discussion that transcends partisan identities – can lead to a depolarized and more democratic society, according to Stanford researchers James Fishkin and Larry Diamond. 

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Transfer student is forging a new life path at Stanford

Jason Spyres - from Stanford Today article

Stanford Today

At the end of his junior year at Stanford, Jason Spyres received a public service fellowship from the university that allowed him to partner with the nonprofit Prison Scholar Fund, which helps formerly incarcerated people pursue a college education.

During the summer fellowship awarded by the Haas Center for Public Service, he produced videos offering advice and encouragement to people with criminal records who want to enroll in or return to school – from community colleges to major universities.

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