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In the new year, Discover Stanford for You will feature Stanford’s accelerators, which are designing new ways for research and partnerships to help solve the world’s most pressing problems.

Accelerating Public Impact:
Scholarship & Partnership Help Oakland Students Thrive

How do Stanford researchers collaborate with partners to solve some of our most pressing problems? This program will show how research, when designed with school partners, helped children in the juvenile justice system return to school and thrive.

Please join us to hear how Stanford Impact Labs is supporting a team of scholars and Bay Area school partners to combine research insights and first-hand experience. Stanford psychologist Greg Walton and Hattie Tate, administrator at Oakland Unite's Juvenile Justice Center, will explain how a simple intervention helped create a powerful sense of social belonging—a connection that is showing it can keep children in school and out of the juvenile justice system. Our conversation will be led by Stanford Impact Labs' Faculty Director Jeremy Weinstein and close with comments from Nicole Taylor '90, MA '91, president and CEO of Silicon Valley Community Foundation. Discover Stanford for You is co-sponsored by Stanford Continuing Studies and Stanford Office of External Relations.

Day/Date: Wednesday, January 26
Time: 12:00 pm (PT)
Platform: Zoom
(This event will be recorded and available for viewing at a later date.)

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Jeremy Weinstein is Professor of Political Science, Faculty Director of Stanford Impact Labs, and Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI) and the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research (SIEPR) at Stanford University. He also is faculty co-director of the Immigration Policy Lab and the Data for Development Initiative. Weinstein is an award-winning researcher and teacher with a focus on poverty and inequality, political violence, governance, and migration. During the Obama Administration, he served first on the White House staff and later as Deputy to the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations. In recent years, Weinstein has written on issues at the intersection of technology and democracy, including in a co-authored book, System Error: Where Big Tech Went Wrong and How We Can Reboot (Harper Collins).

Dr. Greg Walton is the Michael Forman University Fellow in Undergraduate Education and Associate Professor of Psychology at Stanford and one of the world’s leading experts in psychologically “wise” interventions, including interventions to support a sense of belonging among students. Validated interventions created by Dr. Walton have been disseminated to hundreds of thousands of students through schools and groups like PERTS  and integrated into institutional practice including at Stanford. Dr. Walton co-founded CTC, a center at Stanford that partners with dozens of colleges and universities to implement and evaluate interventions to support students’ sense of belonging in college, including in randomized controlled trials.

Hattie Tate (Partner, Oakland Unified School District) is program coordinator at the Juvenile Justice Center in Alameda County for OUSD and Oakland Unite. Ms. Tate’s educational legacy began by creating nurturing academic learning environments as an elementary teacher. Her transition to secondary school led to a lifetime commitment focused on warm welcomes, careers and support for re-entry students. Celebrating and motivating to help at risk students "becomes a promise!"

Nicole Taylor is the president and CEO of Silicon Valley Community Foundation—the country's largest community foundation with nearly $2 billion in annual grantmaking and a deep commitment to solving its region’s toughest challenges through advocacy, research, policy and grantmaking. Nicole received both her M.A. in Education and A.B. in Human Biology from Stanford University, and she began her career as an educator in Oakland public schools. She served on the board of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco for six years and is currently a board member for Common Sense Media and co-chair of Joint Venture Silicon Valley’s Board of Directors.


For any questions regarding community engagement, please email: [email protected]. For questions regarding registration for the virtual live event, please email: [email protected]. Thank you!

If you need a disability-related accommodation, please contact the Diversity & Access Office at [email protected] or 650.725.0326 (phone) by January 19, 2022. 


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