Stanford DCI’s
Mission, Vision and Approach

Our Vision:

Stanford’s Distinguished Careers Institute (DCI) aspires to create a new model for higher education, offering intergenerational learning, community, and opportunities for impact throughout the lifespan.

Our Mission:

Stanford’s DCI inspires accomplished individuals to thrive in their next chapter by providing opportunities to discover, connect, and contribute through engagement within Stanford’s diverse academic community. 

Our Approach:

The Stanford DCI program provides a year of thoughtful reflection and reinvigoration, which our alumni affirm is a dynamic and “life-changing” experience.  We do this through the three pillars of Purpose, Community, and Wellness, by offering:

  • Academic discovery and immersion through access to courses and programs across Stanford’s seven schools.
  • A stimulating and supportive new community of colleagues and a robust network of Stanford faculty and staff.
  • Curated programming and resources to support physical, emotional, and spiritual wellbeing.
  • Holistic exploration of individual meaning and purpose in later life.
  • Mutually beneficial opportunities for intergenerational collaboration, learning, and mentoring.
  • Exploration of opportunities for meaningful future endeavors.
  • Ongoing learning and engagement with a vibrant alumni network.