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Who We Are



Dr. Scott Myers-Lipton

Dr. Scott Myers-Lipton is a Professor of Sociology at San José State University. He is the author of five books, including:

In addition, Dr. Myers-Lipton is the author of the Silicon Valley Pain Index and Racial and Social Justice at San José University.

Dr. Myers-Lipton is the recipient of the Manuel Vega Latino Empowerment Award, San José/Silicon Valley NAACP Social Justice Award, the Elbert Reed Award from the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Association of Santa Clara County, the Changer Maker Award from the Silicon Valley Council of Non-Profits, the Teaching Effectiveness Award from the SJSU College of Social Sciences, and the SJSU Distinguished Service Award.


Dr. Myers-Lipton serves as an Advisory Board Member of the SJSU Human Rights Institute.

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 Facilitator and the Tech Guy

Robert Hackett

Robert Hackett is the President of the Corella and Bertram F. Bonner Foundation.  Bobby joined the Bonner Foundation in 1992 as Vice President and Director of the Bonner Scholars Program and assumed the role of President in July 2010.
Prior to joining the Bonner Foundation, Bobby worked at the Telesis Corporation, an affordable housing developer in Washington, D.C. With his friend Wayne Meisel, Bobby helped start Campus Outreach Opportunity League (COOL) in 1984, serving as its managing director of the during its first three years of operation. COOL organized initiatives that promoted the development of the national service movement and the role of students as leaders within it. In addition, Bobby worked in various capacities with the Youth Policy Institute, a Washington, D.C.-based non-partisan organization that researches and reports on public policies and evidence-based program models on social issues, especially those relating to young people.
Bobby received his bachelors degree from Harvard University in 1985 and a masters in public and private management from Yale University's School of Organization and Management in 1990. Bobby oversaw the Foundation’s work, funded by Learn & Serve America, to seed community-based research at more than 30 colleges and universities and efforts, funded by the Corporation for National and Community Service, to replicate the Bonner Scholar Program model using AmeriCorps Education Awards.
Bobby has worked over the past decade to integrate social action into Bonner’s work, engaging Dr. Scott Myers Lipton of San Jose State University in sharing his successful course model with faculty from around the country. This work incorporates the text Change: A Student Guide to Social Action.

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