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April 23, 2020 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

New York, NY: Identities, Diversity and Equity in Learning - A GSE Improving Lives Through Learning Event


Due to the evolving risk associated with the COVID-19 outbreak and out of concern for the well-being of our guests, the University’s senior leadership has recommended that events such as "Identities, Diversity and Equity in Learning - A GSE Improving Lives Through Learning Event" scheduled for Thursday, April 23, 2020 be postponed indefinitely. We regret any inconvenience this change of plans may cause.

We thank you for your understanding and appreciate your support.


Join fellow alumni and friends for a community conversation with Dan Schwartz, Dean of the Stanford Graduate School of Education, and faculty members Geoff Cohen and Shima Salehi on how greater awareness and appreciation for diversity and inclusion can positively impact education and other fields. 

Despite it being a multi-trillion-dollar enterprise, education faces chronic and frustrating inequalities that affect students’ opportunities to learn and develop. Dean Schwartz and Professors Cohen and Salehi will share ways in which Stanford and the Graduate School of Education are pursuing scholarship, programs of practice, and community engagement that provide insights into how race, inequality, language, and a myriad of other interconnected factors influence the development of students, learners, and diverse communities.

All GSE and Stanford alumni, their guests, and friends are welcome to attend.
Reception includes includes hors d’oeuvres and beverages.


6:30pm: Check-in and reception
7:15pm: Welcome remarks from Dean Dan Schwartz
7:20pm: Micro-lectures by Shima Salehi and Geoff Cohen
7:40pm: Panel conversation and Q&A
8:10pm: Concluding remarks and post-event dessert and beverages


Geoff Cohen, PhD ’98 is the James G. March Professor in Organizational Studies in Education and Business, Professor of Psychology and, by courtesy, of Organizational Behavior at the Graduate School of Business. Cohen’s research examines processes related to identity maintenance and their implications for social problems. One primary aim of his research is the development of theory-driven, rigorously tested intervention strategies that further our understanding of the processes underpinning social problems and that offer solutions to alleviate them. Two key questions lie at the core of his research: “Given that a problem exists, what are its underlying processes?” And, “Once identified, how can these processes be overcome?” He is also interested in how and when seemingly brief interventions, attuned to underlying psychological processes, produce large and long-lasting psychological and behavioral change.

Shima Salehi, MA ’11, PhD ’17 is currently a postdoctoral fellow of science and engineering education at the Physics department of Stanford University. She will be a research assistant professor at Stanford Graduate School of Education starting July 2020, and the director of IDEAL research lab, the research component of Stanford IDEAL initiative to promote inclusivity, diversity, equity and access in learning communities. Her research focuses on how to use different instructional practices to teach science and engineering more effectively and inclusively. Her recent works focus on what are the underlying mechanisms for demographic performance gaps in STEM college education, and what instructional practices better serve students from different demographic backgrounds. Salehi holds a PhD in Learning Sciences and a PhD minor in Psychology from Stanford University, and received a BSc degree in Electrical Engineering from Sharif University of Technology, Iran. She is the founder of KhanAcademyFarsi, a non-profit educational organization which has provided service to more than 4 million Farsi-speaking students. 

Dan Schwartz is the I. James Quillen Dean and Nomellini & Olivier Professor of Educational Technology at the Stanford Graduate School of Education. An expert in human learning and educational technology, Schwartz oversees a laboratory whose computer-focused developments in science and math instruction permit original research into fundamental questions of learning. Schwartz studies student understanding and representation and the ways that technology can facilitate learning. His book, The ABCs of How We Learn: 26 Scientifically Proven Approaches, How They Work and When to Use Them, distills learning theories into practical solutions for use at home or in the classroom. NPR noted the book among the "best reads" for 2016.


Brooke Donald, Director of Communications, Stanford Graduate School of Education: 650-721-402,


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