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Dr. Terri Givens, Provost of Menlo College, is back where her undergraduate education began. She attended Stanford where she ran track for two years, studied international security and arms control under Condoleeza Rice, and graduated in 1987 with a degree in international relations.

“To be living back here is a dream for me,” said the Menlo Park resident, whose academic career took her to Washington and Texas, along with a stop in Southern California where she earned her doctorate in political science from UCLA.

On Wednesday, May 3, she’ll be at her hometown bookstore, Kepler’s, at noon participating in a talk, In Deep with Angie Coiro: Immigration — Real Politics, Real People

Terri, who says she “views the world as a political scientist,” got interested in anti-immigration politics in the early 90s. Studying in France in the 80s, she observed the rise of Jean-Marie Le Pen and wondered at the time why few in the states were talking about the rise of the far right in Europe. That led to her first book Voting Radical Right in Western Europe which was followed by Immigration Policy and Security.

Currently, she’s teaching one class to Menlo undergrads and says if she could teach her students one thing, it’s how complicated immigration is. “People have a simplistic outlook,” she says. “But it’s so incredibly complicated.

“Think of the complexity of these people’s lives. One family can have both undocumented and citizen children. One family can have four different statuses.

“Plus people tend to focus on immigrants from Mexico. But more are coming from Central America and Asia than from Mexico.”

She’s working on another book about anti-discrimination policy at the national level in various European countries, tracking what she describes as “anti-globalism and scapegoating.” She admits to being “way behind.” Not surprising for a woman who can’t resist getting involved in numerous pursuits at once while balancing family responsibilities.

She’s on the board of the Boys and Girls Club of the Peninsula and has been working with the Peninsula College Fund and other college-bound organizations. “We’re looking at ways we can support more students going to college and enhance diversity in Silicon Valley, using Oakland Promise as a model,” she says.

Given that this writer and InMenlo contributing photographer Robb Most both grew up locally and both remember Menlo College when it was a two-year college with only male enrollment, Terri observed that “too many people still think that somehow.” We promised her that we’d mention that Menlo is a four-year, coed college whose mission is to focus on business editionwith a strong liberal arts emphasis.

Photo by Robb Most (c) 2017

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Inauguration Day protests come to Menlo Park with people lining El Camino Real

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In a “sidewalk protest” that was spearheaded by the Unitarian Universalists of San Mateo (UUSM), a couple hundred people lined El Camino in Menlo Park from noon to 1:00 pm today with most clustered in front of the Menlo Center. Those who arrived on time were blessed with sunshine between rain and thunderstorms. Those who stayed […]

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KGO radio host John Rothmann talks about “the ones who got away” on January 8

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Political analyst John Rothmanan’s topic will focus on defeated Presidential candidates and their impact on parties, politics, and policy. As John will explain, in many cases, the lives and contributions of the losers are often as interesting as those of the winners. The talk takes place on Sunday, January 8, at 11:00 am in the Menlo […]

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M-A junior Holly Newman heads to D.C. to serve in the Senate Page Program

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While the rest of her classmates at Menlo-Atherton High School are walking the halls of campus this winter and spring, junior Holly Newman will be walking the halls of Congress. Nominated by Senator Diane Feinstein, Holly is one of only 30 high school juniors in the country who will be taking part in the Senate Page […]

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M-A students march in protest to Trump’s election

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Early Monday afternoon, about 1,000 students from Menlo-Atherton High school left campus and marched through Menlo Park and Atherton to protest Donald Trump’s election as the next President of the United States. While most of the students chose a route along Middlefield and Oak Grove, a smaller number of students marched to Palo Alto. An […]

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Spotted: Portola Valley artist Drue Kataoka proclaiming “Now Is the Time” at Hillary fundraiser

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Portola Valley artist Drue Kataoka, who graduated from Sacred Heart Prep before attending Stanford, came dressed Wednesday afternoon for a local fundraising lunch for Hillary Clinton as she did at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. She explained:  “I created this  artwork [pointing to her t-shirt)] that celebrates the 240-year journey towards electing our first […]

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Guest opinion: The practice of hate – and what we can do about it

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Editor’s note: The Rev. Matthew Dutton-Gillett, who is rector at Trinity Church in Menlo Park, posted this on his personal blog. We thought his observations could benefit from an additional audience. I have never in my life known a time when hatred has been so acceptable. I cannot remember a time when politics and hatred have had […]

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League of Women Voters holds local candidate forums

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Spotted: Assemblyman meets fisherman at Menlo Park Farmer’s Market

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Assemblyman Rich Gordon (D-Menlo Park) held sidewalk office hours Sunday morning at the Menlo Park Farmer’s Market. He was greeted there by long time market vendor, fisherman Pietro Parravano. Gordon spent 90 minutes talking with constituents. Photo by Irene Searles

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Filmmaker Dorothy Fadiman previews Choice at Risk campaign to local audiences

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Fifty years have passed since filmmaker Dorothy Fadiman obtained a back alley abortion and ended up at the Stanford Hospital emergency room with a temperature of 105, infected and bleeding. Thirty more years passed before she told her story in the Academy Award-nominated documentary When Abortion Was Illegal: Untold Stories (1992). Now two decades later, […]

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Open house at Democratic Volunteer Center in Menlo Park on August 4

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Local Democrats are launching the 2012 campaign season on August 4th with an open house at the Democratic Volunteer Center (DVC) in Menlo Park from 3:00 to 5:00 pm. Kicking off the festivities will be Jeff Kreisler, head writer for “The War Room” with Jennifer Granholm, and a regular on MSNBC and CNN Headline news. The DVC will […]

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