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"Although my identity is not specifically defined within first-generation and low-income, I have still found community with other FLI students. That goes to show the huge range of experiences of people who identify as FLI."
Growing up in the Chicago suburbs, Jess Adepoju ( found video games to be a rich portal to alternative realities.
“I love the students,” he said. “I’m old, but hanging out with the students every Monday through Friday is the best. It keeps me young.”
"[The DGen Office] made me feel like, yes, I have a place in this campus. I belong here."
Tawanda Michael Mahere was in Thailand two years ago and there was much to celebrate: The startup he’d been working at was being acquired by Google, he had a job offer from there, and he’d just applied to Stanford GSB.
Now that I am actually sitting in the booth for our ESPN Sunday Night Baseball broadcast, there are moments — regularly — that I can't believe I am here.
"Being in STEP forces me to be highly reflective. I don’t just think about being the best teacher you can be; I have to show up as that teacher every day."
"As a part of my doctoral research, I studied the barriers women face in career advancement. I’m devoted to illuminating the ways conscious bias, unconscious bias and structural or organizational policies, processes, etc. impact a woman’s ability to grow professionally."
Diversity has played a large role in my Stanford experience [and] has propelled me toward being an activist to maintain diversity at Stanford and beyond.
In 2010, I finished my program and returned to Thailand to work for the Ministry of Education. It was an opportune time because the notion of using economic ideas to find solutions to problems in education had begun to receive attention from educators and the public.

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