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Frosh Talk: Conversations with Families of Frosh Students

Student Experience Sessions

Event Details:

Friday, February 23, 2024
1:30pm - 2:30pm PST


Memorial Auditorium
551 Jane Stanford Way
Stanford, CA 94305
United States

This event is open to:


Welcome, families of our first-year students! Dr. Shashank Joshi, Assistant Vice Provost for Academic Well-Being and current Stanford parent, will moderate a panel of seasoned Stanford administrators, all dedicated to supporting first-year students and giving them a memorable frosh year at Stanford.


  • Shashank Joshi, Moderator, Assistant Vice Provost for Academic Well-Being in the Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education, and Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences (Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Child Development) and, by courtesy of Pediatrics and, of Education

    Shashank V. Joshi, MD, FAAP, DFAACAP, is Professor of Psychiatry, Pediatrics and Education at the Stanford University School of Medicine and Graduate School of Education (by courtesy), and Director of the Triple Board Residency in Pediatrics, General (Adult) Psychiatry, and Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. He also serves as Director of School Mental Health at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, and is a Faculty Advisor at the Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity (CCSRE), the John Gardner Center for Youth & their Communities in the Graduate School of Education, and the Stanford Center for Asian Health Research and Education (CARE). His committee assignments include the HumBio Curriculum Committee, the Undergraduate Advisory Council, the Academic Progress Review Board (ex-officio), and the First Year Grading Task Force (ex-officio).

    In September 2023, he was appointed as Senior Associate Vice Provost for Academic Well-being in the Office of the Vice Provost of Undergraduate Education (VPUE).

    He is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP), and former Co-chair of the AACAP Committee on Schools. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Project Safety Net Palo Alto, the Advisory Boards of the National Center on School Mental Health (NCSMH) and the Jed Foundation, and a member of the Student Mental Health Policy Workgroup for the State of California. He has been the recipient of numerous awards in teaching and public service, most recently The Polymath Award (2021), given for excellence across multiple mission areas of the Stanford University Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences.

    Professor Joshi’s scholarly work focuses on school mental health, suicide prevention in school settings, cultural aspects of pediatric health, doctor-parent-teacher collaboration in medical care, and well-being promotion in youth and young adults. He is the lead author of the K12 Toolkit for Mental Health Promotion and Suicide Prevention used by the California Department of Education, and co-editor of the recent book Partnerships for Mental Health: A Guide to Community and Academic Collaboration [Philadelphia, Springer (2015)].

    His current book project is an international collaboration with Professor Andrés Martin (Yale), Thinking About Prescribing: The Psychology of Psychopharmacology with Diverse Youth & Families [Wash DC Amer Psychiatric Press, Inc (2022)], which examines the relational and psychotherapeutic aspects of medication treatment.

    Alice Petty, Associate Dean for Residentially-Based Advising

    Alice Petty is the Undergraduate Advising Director for Transfer Advising in the office of Academic Advising at Stanford (VPUE). She works with students individually throughout the summer prior to enrollment as they navigate Approaching Stanford and the transfer credit assessment process. As an academic advisor, she advises students on course selection, major declaration and requesting transfer credit to be applied toward the major, and strategic academic planning; additionally, she helps her students identify support resources and academic opportunities that are a good fit for their needs and interests. She works closely with partners across the University in Admissions, Financial Aid, ResEd, Student Affairs, OMAC, and the OAE as well as with individual departments to field questions and address concerns that are specific to the transfer experience.

    Alice first joined VPUE as a post-doctoral teaching fellow for the Introduction to Humanities (IHUM) program in 2007, where she served on the teaching teams for Humans & Machines, World Archaeology and Global Heritage, and Inventing Classics. Alice joined Advising in 2011, and served has served as the Academic Director in Wilbur Hall, Director of Pre-Major Advising, and Director of the Stanford Newcomer Guide program.

    Alice earned her B.A. from Hampshire College and holds a Ph.D. in Near Eastern Studies from the Johns Hopkins University, with a focus on Archaeology and secondary concentrations in Akkadian and in Egyptology. Prior to arriving at Stanford, Alice spent nine seasons as a field supervisor for the Johns Hopkins University-University of Amsterdam Archaeological Expedition to Umm el-Marra (Syria) where she learned valuable lessons in how to maintain collegial and respectful work relationships despite differences in language and culture, very close quarters, and unpleasantly high temperatures.

    Amy Larimer, Resident Fellow for Rinconada House and Well-Being Coach, Vaden Health Services

    BS in Architectural Studies, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
    Master of Architecture (MArch), University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
    New Ventures West Professional Coaching Certification (expected 2024)

    Professional Interests: 
    In my 15+ years of teaching/advising/mentoring students at Stanford, I have worked to create affirming spaces and experiences focused on conscious love and relationships, meaning and purpose, expansive creativity, connection to truth, and individual and collective well-being. I am devoted to holistic, anti-racist pedagogies/frameworks/practices that inspire genuine belonging, dignity, and liberation. It’s my greatest privilege to work with students in discovering who they are, deeply honoring and celebrating them in their fullness, and supporting the unfolding mystery of their lives - one step at a time.

    Personal Interests: 
    Spending time with my loves, walking in nature, creating/admiring art and design, meditation, nurturing community, exploring new internal & external environments!

    Momo Hoshi, Student Care Coordinator in the Dean of Students Office

    Momo works in DOS to help coordinate campus response regarding support for students. As a Stanford alum, Momo understands that resource navigation at Stanford can be complicated, and strives to simplify support for students seeking help. During their time as an undergraduate at Stanford, Momo explored various academic programs including Human Biology and Product Design, and ultimately double-majored in Music, as well as Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity (CSRE). Their honors thesis in CSRE focused on the role of creative music in identity formation for contemporary Japanese American musicians and communities. Momo also served the Stanford community as a residential staff member at Toyon, then at Terra, and worked as a Consent & Communication peer educator with the former SARA office, now the SHARE Title IX office. Momo is particularly committed to incorporating trauma-informed practices to every aspect of student services work, especially as it applies to historically under-resourced or undervalued communities. Momo also has a strong interest in art, music, movement, and theatre as vehicles of personal and community healing.

    After graduating from Stanford, Momo worked as a Health Educator with Health Connected for 3 years, teaching comprehensive sexual health education to middle and high school students across the Bay Area, as well as to students across California through distance learning during the pandemic. They continue to work for Health Connected as their in-house illustrator. Momo is also trained as a Domestic Violence Counselor and Japanese Language Advocate for the Asian Women’s Shelter.

    Outside of their day job, Momo is a musician of the “jack of all trades” variety and especially loves playing in musical pit orchestras. They also continue to be involved with queer Japanese community. However, at the end of the day, Momo’s favorite thing to do is napping with their two cats, Felix and Juniper.

    Shashank Joshi

    Moderator, Assistant Vice Provost for Academic Well-Being in the Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education, and Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and, by courtesy of Pediatrics and, of Education

    Alice Petty

    Associate Dean for Residentially-Based Advising

    Amy Larimer

    Resident Fellow for Rinconada House and Well-Being Coach, Vaden Health Services

    Momo Hoshi

    Student Care Coordinator in the Dean of Students Office

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