Stokols Traces Life Journey

Dan Stokols

Founding dean delivers moving talk about what matters to him and why

Tracing his life’s journey, Daniel S. Stokols, Chancellor’s Professor Emeritus of urban planning and public policy and founding dean of the School of Social Ecology, delivered a moving “What Matters to Me and Why” presentation in May.

Stokols’ talk is available on YouTube.

Stokols shared stories about the roots of his interest in social psychology and peer influence from childhood to how he landed at UCI and what motivates him in life.

On what he’s learned: “life is so fragile you can’t take it for granted” and “treat people with respect.”

Reach out to outsiders, Stokols said. “You don’t put down people in vulnerable groups.”

Offered since 2012, “What Matters to Me and Why” is an informal noontime series designed to build and strengthen bonds between people who teach, learn and work together daily, and to foster understanding of how each embraces UCI values. The series is sponsored by the Office of the Chancellor.