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DCI Community Celebration 2023

Arrillaga Alumni Center, 326 Galvez Street, Stanford

Day One – Agenda

Monday, April 24, 2023

Beginning at 9:45 am - Wellness Options
  • 9:45 -11:15 am – Active Campus Walk with Mark Clapper ‘18 and Dianne Child (meet in the Alumni Center lobby)
  • 10:15 -11:15 am –  Yoga with Rocky Blumhagen ‘19 (Fisher conference rooms – Alumni Center)
  • 10:30 -11:15 am – Mindfulness Anywhere: a guided walking and sitting meditation with Brandel France de Bravo ’16 (Fisher conference rooms – Alumni Center)

     12:00 pm – Community Lunch

1:00 pm - Welcome! What’s New at DCI
  • DCI’s Vision and Mission Statements, new initiatives on campus and abroad, and thoughts on the future, Richard Saller, DCI Faculty Director
  • DCI Research analysis, trends, and future plans, Sara Singer, DCI Research Director
  • Program updates, building for a sustainable future, Katie Connor ’18/19, DCI Executive Director
1:45 pm - Learn, Connect, Contribute: Focus on Social Justice & Human Rights, at Stanford and Beyond
  • Introduction of DCI’s new Purpose Pathway in Human Rights and Social Justice
  • Faculty Panel: George Brown, Executive Director of the Stanford Center for Racial Justice; Tomás Jiménez, Founding Co-director of Stanford’s Institute on Race;  Penelope Van Tuyl, Associate Director, Center for Human Rights and International Justice; Brian Lowery, Founding Co-Director of the Stanford Institute on Race
  • DCI Racial Justice Community Initiative. Dianne Millner ‘18, Scott Baker ‘20, and others share their approach, process, and DCI engagement opportunities with non-profit organizations in Oakland.

      3:15 pm – Break

3:30 pm - Life Journey Inspiration Award: Claude M. Steele, Lucie Stern Professor Emeritus of Psychology

Claude Steele, an American social psychologist and an Emeritus Professor of Psychology at Stanford University, is best known for his work on stereotype threat and its application to minority student academic performance. His earlier work dealt with research on the self (e.g., self-imageself-affirmation) as well as the role of self-regulation in addictive behaviors. In 2010, he released his book, Whistling Vivaldi and Other Clues to How Stereotypes Affect Us, summarizing years of research on stereotype threat and the underperformance of minority students in higher education.

Read Claude Steele’s full bio

4:45 pm - Social Hour

After the social hour, join your cohort for dinner offsite. Please check DCIConnect or contact your class ambassador for details.

Day Two – Agenda

Tuesday, April 25, 2023

8:00 am - Generations over Breakfast

Generations over Dinner is a global initiative to create meaningful multi-generational experiences and conversations. At this year’s community celebration, we are offering a chance for DCI Fellows and Stanford students to engage in a facilitated conversation over breakfast on topics ranging from Purpose, the Future and Climate, and Intergenerational Communications to Reduce Ageism. Space is limited to ensure a healthy mix of generations.

This event requires a separate RSVP: registration and more details

*Concurrent to “Showing Up for Life”

9:00 am - Alternative Session: “Gentle Reset: Embracing New Beginnings” with Sarah Meyer Tapia

Sarah Meyer Tapia, Associate Director of Health & Human Performance and Head of Wellness Education at Stanford University, will discuss: How can we embrace new beginnings while honoring the continued reality of our circumstances? This workshop introduces principles of mindfulness and self-compassion as tools for meeting the moment.

*Concurrent to Generations over Breakfast

      9:30 am – Morning Mingle: Coffee/Tea

10:00 am - Alumni Welcome

Alumni news and overview of the day, Debbie Byron ‘15 and Katie Connor ’18/19

10:15 am - Concurrent Brainstorming Sessions: “Let’s Talk Travel” and “Getting Unstuck”
  • DCI Travel – Want to travel with DCI colleagues? Have an idea for a trip or group program for DCI? join this group to explore travel experiences with a DCI alumni panel, representatives from Stanford Travel/Study, and others interested in expanding the travel opportunities for DCI
  • Transition Support Workshop – “Getting Unstuck” with the help of a trusted DCI advisory network, new affinity group led by Debbie Siegel ‘20 and Sindy Braun ‘20
11:15 am - Learn, Connect, Contribute: Focus on Sustainability, at Stanford and Beyond

The new Stanford Doerr School of Sustainability draws on a deep understanding of Earth, climate, and society to create solutions at a global scale. Please join the conversation with Doerr School faculty leaders, Rosemary Knight, Professor of Geophysics, Michael Wara, Senior Research Scholar, and Thomas Jaramillo, Professor of Chemical Engineering, to learn more about their research and how DCI can engage with the School.

DCI’s Sustainability, Climate & Energy SIG, Katie Vogelheim ’20 and Sean Wheeler ’21,  expanded opportunities to support students, faculty, and new accelerator initiatives at Doerr.

      12:30 pm – Community Lunch

1:00 pm - DCI Jeopardy!

Class competition! Led by Kevin Salwen ’16, Susan Nash ’17, and Karin Meyer ’18/19

2:00 pm - Post-DCI Journeys: Alumni Panel on Transitions

Scotty McLennan, DCI Faculty Mentor, moderates a panel of four DCI fellows sharing their personal journeys, challenges and wins as they move beyond their DCI years. (we can add to this description later when the panelists’ names are confirmed)

      3:20 pm – Break

3:30 - Concurrent: DCI Reads & Opportunity Fair
  • DCI Reads – DCI Writers will read excerpts of their recent works – expect an impressive and inspiring session!
  • Connect with leaders of DCI’s SIGs, as well as leaders of programs at Stanford and beyond to learn about opportunities to connect, contribute and possibly transition to new areas of interest and impact.

      4:45 to 6:15 pm – Closing Reception

Haven’t RSVP’d yet? Please REGISTER by Friday, April 7
If you have any questions, please email bzavon@stanford.edu