Honor Stanford's most accomplished alumni of color and recognize the outstanding achievements of diverse alumni leaders as they are inducted into the Multicultural Alumni Hall of Fame. Each year the award is presented by Stanford's four ethnic community centers at a festive ceremony and reception during Reunion sponsored by the Stanford Alumni Association.
Asian American Activities Center
Linda Youa Lee, ‘07
Associate Director, Chinese Progressive Association - San Francisco
The daughter of Hmong refugees, Linda Lee (she/her) is the Associate Director of the Chinese Progressive Association (CPA) in San Francisco Chinatown. At CPA, she leads organizational development, fundraising, and communications work to advance CPA’s mission to empower low-income Chinese immigrant families to improve their living and working conditions. Previously, Linda also served as the Co-Director of Seeding Change - A Center for Asian American Movement Building, where she developed the leadership of hundreds of young Asian American activists and organizers.
Linda previously served as a Board Member of the Stanford Asian Pacific American Alumni Club. As a student, Linda was involved with the Asian American Activities Center, Asian American Studies, Asian American Students Association and the Stanford Asian American Activism Committee. She also helped lay the groundwork for the formation of the Hmong Student Union.
Black Community Services Center
Hilda Hutcherson, MD, ‘76
Senior Associate Dean and Professor
Columbia Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons
Hilda Hutcherson, MD, MS, is the Senior Associate Dean in the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs at Columbia Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons and a Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Columbia University Irving Medical Center. She is a graduate of Stanford University, Harvard Medical School and received her MS degree from Columbia University Institute of Human Nutrition. She completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at New York Presbyterian Hospital- Columbia.
Dr. Hutcherson grew up in Tuskegee, Alabama. Her experience as a first-generation college student from a low-income family motivates her to create opportunities for underrepresented youth. She has received state, federal, and foundation grants for pipeline programs that provide academic enrichment and mentoring for more than 400 underrepresented and disadvantaged middle school, high school and college students each year.
As Senior Associate Dean, Dr. Hutcherson is charged with the recruitment and retention of a diverse student body. She established the Kenneth A Forde Diversity Alliance which brings together underrepresented students, residents, fellows and faculty at Columbia VP&S for mentoring and fellowship.
She has served on numerous task forces and advisory boards including the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Doris Duke Clinical Research Fellowship, New York Presbyterian Hospital, Associated Medical Schools of New York, Planned Parenthood of New York City and the New York State Department of Health. The Governor of New York State twice appointed her to the New York State Stem Cell Board, and she is currently a member of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Advisory Committee to the Director working group on Diversity. She received the VP&S Award for Excellence in Diversity, twice received the P&S Gender Equity Teaching Award, and was selected to the Academy of Community and Public Service at Columbia.
Dr. Hutcherson is a nationally recognized expert in Women's Health who has devoted her career to patient education. She travels nationally and internationally to speak about women’s sexual health issues. For more than 15 years, she served as the Sexual Health columnist for Glamour, Essence, and Redbook Magazines, and she currently contributes to multiple women’s magazines and other media outlets. She is the author of three books: Having Your Baby: A Guide for African American Women, What Your Mother Never Told You About Sex, and Pleasure.
El Centro Chicano y Latino
Congressman Joaquin Castro, ‘96
Joaquin Castro represents San Antonio, Texas in the United States House of Representatives. Serving his fifth term, Rep. Castro is a member of on the House Intelligence and Education and Labor Committees, the House Foreign Affairs Committee, as Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on International Development, International Organizations, and Global Corporate Social Impact, and is the immediate past Chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus. Rep. Castro also founded the Congressional Pre-K Caucus, the U.S.-Japan Caucus, and the Congressional Caucus on ASEAN. Before Congress, Rep. Castro graduated from Stanford University and Harvard Law School, and served five terms in the Texas Legislature.
Julián Castro, ‘96
Former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development
Julián Castro served as U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development under President Barack Obama from 2014-2017. Before that, he was Mayor of his native San Antonio, Texas — the youngest mayor of a Top 50 American city at the time. In 2012, he gave a rousing keynote speech at the Democratic National Convention, during which he described the American Dream as a relay to be passed from generation to generation. After his historic campaign for president in 2020, Secretary Castro launched People First Future in May to help elect bold, progressive candidates whose campaigns are focused on improving the lives of all people they hope to represent. In September, Secretary Castro launched "Our America with Julián Castro," a podcast with Lemonada Media that puts a spotlight on vulnerable communities and takes a humanizing and hopeful look at how drastically the American experience shifts from one person to the next. In July, Secretary Castro became an MSNBC/NBC Political Analyst.
Native American Cultural Center
Shoney Blake, ‘06
Associate at Pipestem Law in Tulsa, Oklahoma
From her undergraduate days as an engaged Native Community leader and standout Women’s Softball player, Shoney distinguished herself as a builder of networks. Her academic distinction in International Relations led her to the University of Chicago Law School and the launch of a successful private law practice as a patent litigation associate with Latham & Watkins LLP.
Shoney’s passion for Stanford soon beckoned. She and fellow alumnus Ray Blake married and returned to campus as Resident Fellows at Muwekma-Tah-Ruk, Stanford’s Native Theme House. They created a visible and affirming Indigenous home--indeed family--for Native and Non-Native students, hosting impactful programs and classes, developing student staff, and mentoring students on wellness, service, and creative expression. What truly distinguishes her are her contributions to uplifting Indigenous alumni individually and collectively--and telling the fifty-year story of Stanford’s American Indian, Alaska Native, and Pacific Island community. Starting with hosting alumni to share their own careers and academic paths with students over dinner, to hosting annual gatherings at Stanford Reunion, Shoney’s leadership was especially impactful at landmark moments when her media savvy was showcased, such as in the “Building Tah-Ruk” video she created for Muwekma’s 30th Anniversary in 2018. Shoney created the “50 for 50” Native Stanford Alumni spotlight series where she interviewed 50 Indigenous alumni over 50 weeks in celebration of the 2020-2021 50th Anniversaries of the Stanford American Indian Organization and Stanford Powwow. This series captured the story of Indigenous excellence, diversity, and service at Stanford and beyond over a half-century resulting in a masterpiece of intergenerational faces and voices. Concurrently, Shoney chaired the 50th Anniversary Alumni Steering Committee, building ever stronger networks among her fellow alumni, and paving the way for the next fifty years of excellence.
Shoney never lost sight of her passion for Indian Law and shared it generously at Muwekma and beyond in live podcasts and timely talks, especially concerning major cases before the U.S. Supreme Court or issues that impacted Native communities deeply such as Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women. The draw of law practice and her Choctaw and Cherokee homelands shifted her sights again, and in 2021, she joined fellow alumnus Wilson Pipestem as an Associate at Pipestem Law in Tulsa, Oklahoma.