Stanford Distinguished Careers Institute announces its seventh class

During last year’s Distinguished Careers Institute Community Celebration, all six DCI cohorts gathered. (Image credit: Saul Bromberger)

Thirty-two accomplished people from across the United States and around the world have accepted an offer of admission for the new cohort of the STANFORD DISTINGUISHED CAREERS INSTITUTE (DCI), founded by PHIL PIZZO, professor of pediatrics and of microbiology and immunology and former dean of the Stanford School of Medicine. The DCI fellows will be joined by 12 partners, bringing the cohort to 44 members.

This will be the seventh class to enter DCI since the program began in January 2015. With this cohort, the DCI community has expanded to 261 individuals.

The Stanford DCI seeks to improve the life journey of accomplished individuals in midlife by helping them renew their purpose, build a new community and recalibrate wellness — physically, emotionally and spiritually. DCI also seeks to foster intergenerational engagement in an academic setting to help create a new paradigm for the university of the future.

Educators, award-winning writers and journalists, academic physicians, international investment experts, attorneys, entrepreneurs and professionals involved in various aspects of the entertainment world are among those accepted into Stanford DCI’s Class of 2020.

Eighteen of the incoming fellows hail from California; 11 come from other parts of the United States, and two will be relocating from China and Switzerland.

Given the uncertainty created by COVID-19, the 2020 DCI Class will begin on campus in January 2021 instead of September 2020 and be on the calendar rather than the academic year. DCI ran on the calendar year from 2015 until 2018, when the transition to the academic took place. DCI will enroll an academic year class in September 2021 and then return to the academic calendar for future classes.

DCI fellows and partners will participate in seminars and colloquia with their peers in the cohort, take courses across the university alongside undergraduate and graduate students and engage in the work of schools, interdisciplinary centers and institutes across the campus, including the Stanford Center on Longevity, the d.school, the Center on Poverty and Inequality and the Graduate School of Business. Through the dciX initiative, both alums and current fellows work together across cohorts on deeper dives into common areas of interest and intergenerationally with students across the university.

“As DCI has become ever more established at Stanford, it has won admiration and support from faculty who see the DCI fellows as resources to their classes and pedagogy,” Pizzo said. “It is also gratifying that DCI fellows are seen as valuable resources about personal and professional lives, careers and journeys in ways that give new meaning to the concept of intergenerational engagement.”

“We are also pleased that other colleges and universities are developing programs modeled after what is being done at Stanford thus helping to further define the university of the future which will be ever more important in the post-COVID world,” he added. “This is another opportunity to seek ways to create the future and not just react to it.”

Read more about the Stanford DCI Class of 2020 fellows.