The 2013 Distinguished Alumni Day (DAS) was held on November 13, 2013. This day-long event hosted 16 Stanford graduates who currently hold academic faculty positions across disciplines and post-secondary institutions. The alums will meet with undergraduate and graduate students, senior university leadership and members of the cultural and ethnic community at Stanford, including the Black Community Services Center, El-Centro Chicano, the Native American Cultural Center, and the Asian American Activities Center, which will host receptions for their alums. DAS is a collaboration between the Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty Development and Diversity, Vice Provost for Graduate Education, Vice Provost for Student Affairs and the Stanford Alumni Association.
The Distinguished Alumni Scholars Day was established in 2006 as an institutional response to the scarce presence of diverse racial/ethnic group members within the faculty ranks of our nation’s colleges and universities, and within the Ph.D. programs that produce these faculty. The purpose of this (now) biennial program is to bring Stanford students from cultural groups underrepresented in academia into contact and discussion with distinguished alumni scholars from a broad range of backgrounds, disciplines, and institutional types to inspire new generations of students to consider academia as a career.