Robert Urstein will begin his first day as Stanford’s new dean of freshmen and undergraduate advising next Monday, taking the place of Julie Lythcott-Haims ’89, who stepped down from the position in June
For the first time, Stanford’s Three Books program goes beyond the book: a documentary film, a suite of smartphone applications described on a website that includes articles and video documentation, as well as a book.
On Thursday night, more than 100 students and faculty members attended Stanford’s first annual Awards Gala and Dinner, a celebration intended to recognize student achievements and contributions to the community. Event organizers said they hoped the gala will become a permanent fixture on campus.
“Once upon a time, a child came across a butterfly, struggling to emerge from its chrysalis, and filled with compassion, the child helped by peeling back the paper shell,” said Julie Lythcott-Haims ’89, Dean of Freshmen and Undergraduate Advising and Associate Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education at TEDxStanford on Saturday. “Soon, the butterfly emerged, but it could not fly. As it turns out, the butterfly needs the process of struggling on its own, in order to be able to fly.”
“When you’re a young adult, your own voice needs to be the strongest one you hear. It is your college experience to own, to have agency over — you need to be the author of it,” said Dean of Freshmen and Undergraduate Advising Julie Lythcott-Haims ’89, known affectionately as Dean Julie, who will speak at Stanford’s inaugural TEDx event this Saturday.
Over the past week, The Daily has examined how the University responds to and works to prevent mental health crises, the campus resources that exist to help students who are struggling and how students themselves experience those services.
Julie Lythcott-Haims ‘89, associate vice provost for undergraduate education and dean of freshmen and undergraduate advising, will step down from her role in June to pursue a master of fine arts in writing, with an emphasis in poetry, from the California College of the Arts in San Francisco.