Black Panther Party founder Huey Newton speaks at Stanford University on "Experiences in Cuba." From the Stanford Daily, April 24, 1978. 

About Us

a student-organized public history and commemoration project

The Critical Orientations to Race and Ethnicity (CORE) workshop, an academic research group run by graduate students at Stanford University, honors the Black Panther Party’s legacy for movements for racial and economic justice around the world through a series of events from February to October 2021. With an interdisciplinary and intersectional approach, this initiative encourages meaningful dialogue and intellectual exchange between Stanford and Bay Area community members. 

Meet The Team


Charlie Hoffs

Reading Group

Charlies is a junior undergrad at Stanford studying Chemical Engineering, eager to help empower movements, communities, and technologies advancing racial, economic, housing, and food justice.


Christopher LeBoa

Reading Group

Christopher is a recent graduate from the Stanford Department of Epidemiology and works primarily on understanding exposures to infectious disease in marginalized and incarcerated populations.

Twisted Wall

Charlotte Miner

Digital Projects


Justine Modica

Community Conversations

Justine is a PhD candidate in US History at Stanford studying gender and labor in the late 20th century with a focus on child care workers.


Matthew A. Randolph

Project Lead

Matthew is a History Ph.D. student at Stanford University, focusing on race, ethnicity, and the African Diaspora. His current research project explores the global dimensions of the Black Panther Party.  


Destiny Cunningham

Digital Projects

Destiny is a junior undergraduate student at Stanford studying history with a focus in law and a minor in film, interested in documenting marginalized communities' oral history.


Maya Green

Digital Projects

Maya is a first-year undergraduate studying comparative literature and education. With experience in community organizing and creative writing, she is passionate about storytelling as a tool for social change.


Vannessa Velez

Digital Projects

Vannessa is a PhD Candidate in History at Stanford University. Her research examines the role of race and U.S. environmental policy during the Cold War.


Vivian Yan-Gonzalez

Community Conversations & Digital Projects

Vivian is a PhD candidate in US History at Stanford studying the intersections of liberal and conservative thought, politics, and style among Asian Americans.


Jean Yi

Communications & Fundraising

Jean is a current junior at Stanford majoring in Human Biology with a coterm in journalism. She's excited to help commemorate the Black Panther Party and highlight this history in the Bay Area!