Honoring a Labor Activist

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A tragic event in the Berkshires has led to the creation of a new scholarship at the Zicklin School of Business—the first ever to be named for a woman. Jan Stackhouse, 53, a lifelong labor activist and director of membership for 1199SEU, the Service Employees International Union, was found slain in the generally peaceful community of Stockbridge, Mass., last May. In her honor, her friends and family have rallied to create a scholarship that will go to support deserving graduate students in the field of Industrial and Labor Relations.

According to Betty Wong, who is an instructor in the Management Department at the Zicklin School and a longtime friend of Ms. Stackhouse, the murdered woman was a “a champion of the underdog” her whole life long. It was therefore appropriate that Baruch College was chosen for the creation of the Jan Stackhouse Scholarship because Baruch students tend to be “connected to the working class”—the kind of people Ms. Stackhouse was most interested in helping. A memorial tribute to Stackhouse was held on July 15 at the CUNY Center for Worker Education, and another will take place on Sept. 7, 2005, at the 1199SEU headquarters on West 43rd St. Baruch College and the union have set a joint goal of $50,000 for the endowed scholarship, which they hope to award as soon as 2006. Anyone interested in making a donation should contact Betty Wong c/o the Department of Management (phone: 646-312-3692) or David Shanton in the Office of College Advancement (phone: 212.802.2790). All donations are 100% tax deductible.