UIF Presidents Summit :: 

Event Guide    March 21, 2022

About the Summit

This Summit will convene presidents, provosts and chancellors of academic institutions to discuss how to lead in extremely ambiguous, uncertain, and often divided times. Join a small group of Presidents to discuss the challenges we face and share strategies for success. Invitees to this event are leaders of schools that have Fellows who were trained in 2019, 2020 and 2021. This invitation is non-transferrable.

Important note: all attendees of the Meetup, including leaders at the Monday event, are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19, unless there is a medical exemption. We are also requiring attendees to wear masks indoors, and to take a COVID test and receive a negative result prior to the start of the event. See the “COVID health information” section below for more details.

Schedule: Monday, March 21, 2022

Location: Stanford University d.school 

8:00 am Coffee/tea and networking
9:00 amWelcome and Opening
Remarks by:
President David Wilson, Morgan State University
President Astrid Tuminez, Utah Valley University
10:00 am

Activity: Facilitated conversation among Presidents about shared urgent priorities

11:30 amLunch (outdoors)
12:00 pmFireside chat: Change Agents Uniting Cross-Institution
Dr. Jonathan Alger (TBC), President, and Dr. Nick Swayne, Director, JMU X-Labs, James Madison University
Dr. Vinod Subramaniam, President of the Executive Board, and Ms. Miriam Iliohan, Co-founder and Manager of DesignLab, University of Twente
Moderated by Dr. Ilya Avdeev, Director of Innovation at the Lubar Entrepreneurship Center, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
1:00 pm

Reflection Activity: Walk and Talk

2:30 pmSummit close

Schedule: Sunday, March 20 — UIF Silicon Valley Meetup (optional)

Location: Stanford University, d.school

Time: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Presidents Summit Reception and Dinner: 5:30pm – 8pm. (The moment-to-moment details of this day are forthcoming as we work to design the event)

Note: This day’s event is optional for school leaders. When you registered, you selected Sunday plus the Presidents Summit on Monday, or just the Presidents Summit on Monday. UIF Faculty Champions will be attending the Meetup in its entirety.

COVID Health Information

Please review the COVID safety and travel guidelines that we’ve created in this guide for all Meetup participants, which includes information about vaccination, international travel, positive cases, and more.

Event Location and Parking

Both the Silicon Valley Meetup and the Presidents Summit will take place at Stanford University’s Hasso Plattner Institute of Design (d.school). You are responsible for your transportation from your hotel to Stanford. The location of the d.school is 550 Panama Mall

Stanford, CA 94305. You can also find a searchable campus map and other information and directions here.

Parking on campus can be challenging to find and is not free. We encourage you to use public transit or a ride-sharing service like Uber or Lyft. A good drop-off location for ride-sharing services is 433 Santa Teresa St, Stanford, CA 94305. From there, it is a two-minute walk to the d.school.

If you must drive, the closest paid public parking can be found at 459 Lagunita Drive or at Roble Field Garage (campus parking map here). Please allow at least 20 minutes to find a parking space and walk to the d.school.


Please view this guide for local accommodation recommendations.


The Leaders Meeting is free of charge. You are responsible for funding your airfare, travel to and from the airport (and any miscellaneous meals you incur during this time), as well as lodging. 

We are covering your meals during the Sunday Meetup activities (if you are attending this day) as well as breakfast and lunch on Monday, March 21. 

Travel Suggestions

If you are attending Sunday’s Meetup and Monday’s Presidents Summit:

You should plan on flying into the San Jose Airport or San Francisco Airport on (or before) the evening of Saturday, March 19. Make your departure arrangements for 4 p.m. or later on Monday, March 21. 

If you are attending Monday’s Presidents Summit only: 

You should plan on flying into the San Jose Airport or San Francisco Airport on (or before) the evening of Sunday, March 20. Make your departure arrangements for 4 p.m. or later on Monday, March 21. 

For travel to and from the airport:

You can choose from the CalTrain, cab, Uber, or Lyft, or you can rent a car. Both San Jose and San Francisco Airports have shuttles, cabs and access to the CalTrain, so you can choose your option when you arrive. We will not coordinate this travel for you. 

Caltrain (list of train stations): From the San Francisco Airport, you can take the AirTrain to the Bart Station in order to get on the CalTrain, which will get you to the location of the Meetup hotel for about $10-15 USD. From the San Jose Airport, you can take the VTA SJC Airport Flyer to the Santa Clara Caltrain Station. From there to the location of the Meetup hotel, the fee is also about $10-15 USD.

Uber and Lyft: You can download these apps to your mobile phone, and they will connect you to independent drives operating in the area. You will need a credit card to use these. 

Cabs: Both the San Jose and San Francisco Airports have cab service.

International Visas

Please research and apply for the appropriate visa required to enter the United States. Visa applications and approval times are highly variable, so plan accordingly. We are not able to arrange for or aid you in these matters. If you need a U.S. point of contact, or any specific documentation regarding the event, please use the information below for Humera Fasihuddin. For any visa related queries, please contact Ghanashyam via email g@universityinnovation.org

Humera Fasihuddin

Co-Director, University Innovation Fellows

Hasso Plattner Institute of Design, School of Engineering, Stanford University

416 Escondido Mall, Bldg 550

Stanford, CA 94305

Dress Code

The UIF Meetup is a student-centric event, so please dress for comfort! Casual (comfortable, t-shirt, jeans, etc) is appropriate for Sunday’s Meetup activities, and you are welcome to dress business casual for the Leaders Meeting on Sunday. 

Contact us with any questions

If you need any information, please contact Ghanashyam g@universityinnovation.org, +91-9741061935 or +1 (281) 467-7055 during the Meetup.