The purpose pathway provides an organizing theme to help guide the fellow’s individualized academic experience. The goals of the pathway are two-fold: (a) to provide an academically rigorous framework within which the fellow can gain new knowledge or deepen current knowledge; (b) to anchor the fellow in a Stanford program, center or institute within which they can pursue their interests and have intergenerational teaching and learning opportunities. Advisors will work with each fellow and partner to map out and follow the pathway of their choice. The “map” of the pathway should be developed during the winter quarter; it will be modified as needed as the year goes along. The “pathway map” should consist of:

• A brief statement of the Fellow’s interests and goals for the pathway (which may be as simple as exploring new areas of interest, without a specific vocational or volunteer activity goal, or they might be highly specified)

• A list of 3-5 potential courses to take that are related to the pathway– a minimum of 3 is expected (note that fellows may audit as many courses as they wish in whatever areas they would like, within or outside their pathway)

• The name of the program, center or institute with which the fellow will be affiliated and a brief description of the anticipated activities the fellow will carry out, along with a sign-off by the relevant faculty member.

There should be an outcome of the pathway activities. Examples include, but are not limited to, a substantial paper, a project result, or a teaching activity. The pathway outcome should be added to the pathway map by the end of the spring quarter.

DCI Purpose Pathways