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Four Stanford scholars on motherhood and academia

Sarah Heilshorn, Polly Fordyce, Jennifer Dionne and A-lan Holt first brought their kids to the office when they were infants in front packs. Now, many milestones later, they say growing up around campus has given their children a special sense of curiosity and community. Their children, in return, have given the Stanford scholars new ways of looking at their work – along with a commitment to normalizing parenthood in the early stages of an academic career. Filmed in 2019.

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Julia James & Kurt Hickman

“It just feels really good to be able to show up as my full self.” —A-lan Holt, director of the Institute for Diversity in the Arts