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Here's how the Stanford Graduate School of Business plans to address racial inequity 'within our own corridors'

Original post made on Aug 12, 2020

Spurred by the Black Lives Matter protests and an acknowledgment that there is racial inequity "within our own corridors," the Stanford Graduate School of Business has published a plan for creating a more inclusive culture.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, August 12, 2020, 1:10 PM

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Posted by Nayeli
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on Aug 12, 2020 at 5:55 pm

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So, is the "inequity" that was discovered a finding that the school purposely ignored non-Asian applicants of "color" or simply that there weren't enough non-Asian applicants of "color" that met the minimum standards?

The reason that this is important is because the former is a flaw with Stanford and the latter is a problem with the high schools/colleges or applicants themselves (or both).

While diversity in and of itself is neither good nor bad, the school shouldn't sacrifice standards simply to achieve it. The better option is to work with high school/college students (or their families) to help raise those standards to make the optimally qualified.


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Posted by Jennifer
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on Aug 13, 2020 at 9:31 am

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Let's be honest. With a 4.8% acceptance rate, most students won't make it into Stanford regardless of race, socioeconomic backround, etc. The requirements are very stringent, and rightfully so. Stanford is the "cream of the crop" and if you want to be accepted, you have to be qualified. It's the way of the world.


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Posted by Rose
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on Aug 13, 2020 at 2:49 pm

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This is good news. I hope the Weekly will followup and let us know when The Graduate School of Business launches their set of anti-racism tools — videos, readings and other resources — that will be free and available to the public. We all need help in understanding how we can be more inclusive and supportive, whoever and wherever we are. Thank you for this story.


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Posted by john_alderman
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on Aug 13, 2020 at 3:16 pm

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Posted by Lee Forrest
a resident of Crescent Park
on Oct 27, 2020 at 9:28 am

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Stanford, Harvard, Wharton (University of Pennsylvania) & Kellogg (Northwestern) are four of the most prestigous business schools in the country.

While everyone would love to have a 'big name' university diploma attached to their academic pedigree, it's what you accomplish AFTER completing school that really counts & there are many alternative (and quality schools) from which to select from...IF YOU MEET THEIR ENTRANCE & SCHOLATIC STANDARDS as well.

Affirmative Action %s are fine as long as the students of diversity also meet the entrance requirements...it is only racism when those those students are turned away to keep things 'white'.


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Posted by Resident 1-Adobe Meadows
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Oct 27, 2020 at 11:18 am

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I grew up in LA at a tine when we had a healthy population, we had great universities with great teams in which half were not white. Many professional contracts followed, many Olympic medals in track. It seems like this current generation has to reinvent itself by starting over as though whatever happened in the past has to be cherry picked to find unfortunate situations. What you learn in LA is that everyone can get into unfortunate situations.

When you look at professional basketball teams, professional football teams, professional soccer teams, baseball teams - all of which appear on TV with a lot of coverage you have to know that all of the people started very young and had great coaching and help coming up the line.

We lived in married student housing at UCLA and I can report that all type students were represented and it all worked great. And the Anderson School of Business had a good representation of all people.

The current crop of people appear to be not finding role models - or the role models that are there are not recognized. Because they are successful?


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Posted by Lee Forrest
a resident of Crescent Park
on Oct 27, 2020 at 12:01 pm

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>"It seems like this current generation has to reinvent itself by starting over as though whatever happened in the past has to be cherry picked to find unfortunate situations."

^ Perhaps their parents (aka Baby Boomers, Woodstock Generation > transitional yuppies) are to blame.

Too much coddling & self-esteem (aka a false sense of self-importance) engrained in Millennial heads with no spankings and participation trophies handed out like pancakes lieu of any actual accomplishment...ad nauseum.

The fruit doesn't fall far from the tree & in most instances, the fallen fruit turns rotten.


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Posted by Resident 1-Adobe Meadows
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on Oct 28, 2020 at 4:06 pm

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Another factor for the state is that we were the Pacific theatre during WW2 and the following wars - Korea, Vietnam, etc. We had military bases from one end of the state to the other. What we learned in school is that most peoples moved into the middle economic groups based on employment on military bases. Then the bases were closed on the theory that we would never go to war again. AS bases closed that shut off a whole economic segment of the population now had to move elsewhere. All of the production lines that were building military equipment shut down. And for some reason the port of San Francisco stopped functioning as a "port". The city wanted to build high rise apartments on the shoreline. Net effect is that the city lost a major number of revenue segments. what do they do now? The revenue segments are dwindling. Activist groups are running around trying to manage the city. NOT GOOD.


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Posted by Lee Forrest
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on Oct 28, 2020 at 4:28 pm

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>"...the port of San Francisco stopped functioning as a "port". The city wanted to build high rise apartments on the shoreline...Activist groups are running around trying to manage the city. NOT GOOD.

^ San Francisco as a major shipping port was replaced decades ago by the Port of Oakland & Port of Long Beach.

19th century maps of eastern SF (the bay side) show a major harbor area that was eventually landfilled in order to accommodate development.

And most recently...the industrial area near the AT&T ballpark has become gentrified with the emergence of highrise apartment complexes.

While housing activists/advocates play a major role in the changes we have witnessed, it's the big money developers lining the pockets of local politicians who are really to blame...bribery is big business.


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Posted by Resident 1-Adobe Meadows
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Oct 29, 2020 at 9:27 am

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The port of Oakland is a major revenue generating function for the city of Oakland. You can read the arrivals and departures in the SF chronicle every day. It is a employer of all category's of peoples and provides the diversity that we need in the bay area. What we have got out of the city is entertaining turning the port into a ball park with housing - much like the AT&T park in Santa Clara. All despite the fact that they already have a ball park in an excellent position regarding the freeway and BART. And you can read in the papers today how much trouble Santa Clara is having with the ball park and the NFL. Competing interest for city council positions and super pacs. Really a bad choice to put the arena in that city. Did Santa Clara County really need that? NO - rebuild Candlestick Park was the answer.

And let's not forget that one of Mr. Brown's business partners wanted to turn a portion of the port into a coal shipment port for sale to China. Where did the coal come from? Mr. Romney's state of UTAH. First they wanted to ship the coal down the Columbia River on barges to a port in Washington. That didn't fly. Then bring the coal down to Oakland by train. Trains of coal coming all the way from UTAH. Gee - do you wonder why Mr. Romney is not a happy camper? His state concocted a bad business operation that would have impacted the rivers and states that had to put up with COAL to China. This is all well recorded in the press - not speculation.

And how is the NFL doing these days? Why do cities cow-tow to sports venues that take away the main revenue bearing functions of cities? And now SF wants to put a navigation center in the location of high rise apartments that are on the port side of the city. If the high rise apartments were a revenue bearing generator then why a navigation center in the middle of it all?

Yes - there is a bottom line here - the city of PA is one entity with one budget. That budget has to cover all of the functions of the city and also put away for the future expectations. What we have ended up with is a bunch of "commissions' that are pushing some agenda with no regard as to the impact on the city. city services, and other commissions which have projects that need funding.

There has to be a top level system of management which monitors what is a priority in this city and what the budget is going to be allocated to. And that does not include other cities in Santa Clara County who want to make this city into a poster child for what ever it is that they do not want to do. And we know that the ABAG people are using that function for revenue bearing efforts - to themselves - So they need to back off - and the PACC and whoever upped our numbers needs to back off. Because you cannot live with the results.

I watched the PACC meeting where the "finance" people wanted to "wait" before they made any decisions regarding people and projects. And on the ADU discussion people were confused as to sewer systems going to the street - yes - Big Cost.


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Posted by Resident 1-Adobe Meadows
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Oct 29, 2020 at 9:37 am

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So the topic of this segment is racial inequality. This is the Graduate School of Business. Management means that you look at the total picture and do not let "segments or topics" override the top level priorities assigned to the subject. I know that works because it already happened - we do not need to Reinvent the Wheel every generation.


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Posted by Lee Forrest
a resident of Crescent Park
on Oct 29, 2020 at 2:47 pm

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>"...despite the fact that they already have a ball park in an excellent position regarding the freeway and BART."

The Oakland Colluseum/Arena is considered 'run-down' & as a result, the Warriors & Raiders left town for greener pastures.

The A's are hoping to build a new ballpark near the Port of Oakland but RightNow things are on hold due to financing & environmental safety considerations.

>"And how is the NFL doing these days?

^ Except for the Covid-19 pandemic & it's impact on filling the stadiums, quite well because the NFL (unlike MLB & NBA) relies primarily on TV revenues.

>"Why do cities cow-tow to sports venues that take away the main revenue bearing functions of cities?"

^ Because for many cities, having a pro team usa source of local & civic pride. The problem that often arises is who's going to finance the sports venue...municipality or private.

San Diego lost the Chargers to LA because the city refused to build them a new stadium & the same occured with the former Oakland (now Las Vegas) Raiders.

Even the 49ers moved away from SF (to Santa Clara) & some city officials now view accommodating them a big mistake.

Curious...what does any of this (including seaports) have to do with admissions to Stanford GSB?


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Posted by Resident 1-Adobe Meadows
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Oct 29, 2020 at 3:42 pm

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The topic is business - teaching business. And in CA we have multiple distractions pulling how cities and businesses function side ways. Lots of big, bad choices out there. Lots of mistakes made. Wrong reasons for major decisions. Teach how to put all of the factors into perspective regarding business decisions. Teach Everyone how to make better decisions.


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Posted by Lee Forrest
a resident of Crescent Park
on Oct 29, 2020 at 3:57 pm

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>"Teach Everyone how to make better decisions."

^ Major businesses (like many sports have now become) are focused on analytics...numbers crunching & ROIs.

In major league baseball, a player's value is now gauged by WAR (estimated wins that the player contributes to) VS if someone else was playing in his place.

A focus on launch angles has replaced conventional hitting technique because baseball fans want to see home runs rather than tactical 'station to station' baseball & as a result, strike-outs are now acceptable (providing the player can jack 30+ homers a season).

Everything has changed...from the intrinsic to the extrinsic.


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Posted by Resident 1-Adobe Meadows
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Oct 29, 2020 at 4:10 pm

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Since "race' is part of this discussion the Port of Oakland provides a huge labor pool that is available to all as a "diversity pool". The city of SF used to have a wide variety of diversity revenue producing elements but the state of CA has methodically taxed them out of the state. All of the locations in the state are struggling to maintain a diversified employee base because that is a requirement of the state. "Equal Opportunity Employer". If you compete for a government contract you get graded on how well you are doing in maintaining a diverse employee base.

Do Universities get graded on the diversity of their teaching staff? If they are a state university then they do. I know that UCLA did a good job in meeting their goals. Not sure about SU since it is a "private" university. But in today's age then all upper level schools have to be able to address the topic and meet some goals to maintain their ranking.


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