First Generation,

Low Income Partnership


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  1. -Celebrating the “S” Bomb Symposium

  2. -FLIP Core Application

  3. -Congratulations to our endorsed ASSU candidates

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FLIP's awesome mission is to raise awareness about class issues, build a first generation and/or low income community that transcends all barriers, foster an open and respectful campus environment, engage in a cross-class dialogue, advocate on behalf of the community, lead service projects pertaining to these issues, and empower first generation low income students at Stanford.

Any Stanford University student, graduate or undergraduate, who is interested in the issues raised by FLIP may become a member. One must not necessarily be from the first generation, low income community to do so.

Mission Statement

Congratulations to our endorsed ASSU candidates!

Celebrating the “S” Bomb

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Symposium Title : Celebrating the "S" Bomb: Crucial Skills and Conversations on Class, Privilege and Diversity. 

Many Stanford Students, Faculty, Staff and Alum talk of the impact of the Stanford name, aka the "S" Bomb. How often have you had to respond to: "We won't hold that against you." The "that" being "Stanford," class, privilege, educational heritage (first in their family to attend a four year University), race, gender, diversity? How do you navigate conversations and situations where these matters are brought up in jest or seriousness? We would like to use this forum to bring a diverse group of students together to learn through skills development workshops and dialog. 

Theme : Real talk about privilege derived from various identities, including but not limited to: class, financial, gender, sexuality, race, ability - physical, emotional, mental, academic, athletic, etc., educational heritage, Stanford. We want connect these diverse privileges with the automatic and ultimately uniting privilege derived from a being a member of the Stanford community. Why do so many Stanford students not self-disclose their campus affiliation because they've experienced the "S" bomb aftermath, where they are viewed by the Stanford label (which may carry a negative connotation of elitism) than for the individuals they are? How can we navigate this privilege? 

Goal: Learn skills for these crucial conversations through workshops, research and sharing experiences. In addition to the discussion with our wonderful panelists and moderator, multiple workshops (see below) will foster real conversation and teach skills that can be utilized to a) empathize with this myriad of privileges, and b) learn how to understand and navigate them in various contexts. 

Tentative Agenda:

2 p.m.

Welcome for Students (Panelists are welcome to join us for any of the workshops) 

2.15 - 3.15 p.m.

Workshops - Session 1 

3.15 - 3.30


3.30 - 4.30 p.m.

Workshops - Session 2 

4.30 - 5 p.m.

Dinner Setup and Break with Hor d’ouvres 

5 p.m. - 6 p.m.

Panel discussion with Alums, Faculty and Trustees (TBD). Moderated by Dr. David Kennedy.

6 p.m. - 7 p.m.


7 p.m. - 7.30 p.m.

Closing Remarks and Thanks 

Workshops being developed (All workshop leaders are Stanford faculty/employees/students). 

  1. Social Identities: Threats, Opportunities, and Empowerment

  2. Joseph Brown, PhD, Graduate Diversity Recruitment Officer, Stanford University 

  1. Dealing with Imposter Syndrome

  2. Lourdes Andrade, Assistant Director, Academic Progress and Policy, Undergraduate Advising and Research

  3. Dandre DeSandies, EdD, Staff Therapist, Vaden Health Center 

  4. Equitable Interactions and Equitable Learning

  5. Rachel Lotan, Professor (Teaching) of Education

  6. Lena Sweeney (FLIP Co-President) 

  7. Improv for Resilient Handling of the “S” Bomb 

  8. Dan Klein, Lecturer, Drama Department & Graduate School of Business

  9. Inge Hansen, Program Manager for Weiland Health Initiative, Vaden.

  10. Allies Project – Skills for Being an Authentic Ally

  11. Holly Fetter, ’13

  12. Tommy Lee Woon, Assoc. Dean & Director, Diversity & First Gen Programs 

Date/location:Sunday April 22, Paul Brest Hall 

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Any Questions?

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FLIP Core Applications

Thank you for considering applying to be on FLIP Core for the 2012-2013 academic year.

The First Generation, Low Income Partnership (FLIP) is a relatively new student organization dedicated to supporting Stanford students who are the first in their families to attend college and/or who come from low income backgrounds. Part of what we do is create safe spaces to discuss issues relevant to our community in order to combat the stigma we might face, promote discussion of socioeconomic class and education access, and advocate for resources. We work closely with Tommy Woon, the recently-hired Associate Dean and Director of Diversity and First Generation Programs, in supporting this mission.

Two positions are open Sib Community Coordinator and Internal Community Coordinator.  Note that the application is divided into two sections: general questions required of all applicants, and questions specific to the different positions. However, if you check the box to be considered for all positions, you do not need to fill out any of the position-specific questions.

The application is due Friday, April 20th, 2012 at 5 pm. There will be a 2-hour Core retreat to be scheduled that will welcome and begin the transitioning process for the new Core.   Shadowing of current Core officers will happen throughout Spring Quarter. Please include in your application whether either of these things present a conflict for you. 

Please direct any questions to current Co-Presidents Lena Sweeney at or Najla Gomez at You do not need to be first gen or low income to serve on Core, all that is required is a commitment to FLIP's mission and values.



FLIP Core Application

Every FLIP endorsed candidates won. We look forward to the work they will do for Stanford next year. 


Robbie Zimbroff and Will Wagstaff


Kimberly Bacon, Branden Crouch,Shahab Fadavi, Christos Haveles, Ismael Menjiva, Lauren Miller, Daniela Olivos, Nancy Pham, and Garima Sharma

Apply to be on FLIP Core - Due April 20, 2012