Stanford Distinguished Careers Institute announces its eighth class

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Former DCI fellows and their partners gathered for a group photograph in 2019. (Courtesy DCI)

Thirty-two highly 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 seven partners, bringing the cohort to 39 members.

Among those accepted into Stanford DCI’s Class of 2021 are a U.S. Air Force colonel, an international policy expert at the FCC, a geneticist, healthcare professionals, social entrepreneurs, educators and technology pioneers.

Seventeen of the incoming fellows and partners hail from California; 11 come from other parts of the United States, and four will be relocating from Chile, Nigeria, Qatar and Turkey. One 2021 fellow and her partner will be sailing through the Panama Canal on their way to the Bay Area to launch their DCI year.

This will be the eighth class to enter DCI since the program began in January 2015. With this cohort, the DCI community has expanded to 306 individuals. The program 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.

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, the TomKat Center for Sustainable Energy and the Graduate School of Business. Through the dciX initiative, alumni and current fellows work together across cohorts on deeper dives into common areas of interest and intergenerationally with students across the university. The 2021 cohort will join DCI’s Class of 2020 for the 2021/22 academic year.

“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, demonstrating the unique value of intergenerational engagement on campus. We are pleased that other colleges and universities are developing programs modeled after what is being done at Stanford, helping to define the university of the future, which will be ever more important in the post-COVID world. 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 2021 fellows and partners.